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Aasen-Reederei orders hybrid newbuildings from Bodewes

Caption: © Royal Bodewes

The Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes has landed a new order from Aasen Shipping for modern newbuildings in the shortsea segment.

Aasen Shipping from Norway has ordered three new freighters with hybrid propulsion[ds_preview].

The ships are methanol-capable self-unloaders and are scheduled for delivery in December 2025, April 2026 and September 2026, the shipyard announced today.

This is not Bodewes ‘ first collaboration with Aasen. The newbuilds “Aasfjell” and “Aasfoss” were already delivered in 2021 and 2022. The ships now on order will have a “similar design” with “some upgrades”.

About Aasen Shipping

Aasen Shipping is a family-owned company based in Mosterhamn, Norway – founded in 1981 by captain and owner Hans Martin Torkelsen. Today, the shipping company owns and operates nine self-unloading bulk carriers with a carrying capacity of 6,000 to 9,500 tons.

Aasen relies on batteries

With a length of 119.95 m, a width of 15.85 m and a draught of 7.50 m, they will have a carrying capacity of 9,400 t and a measurement of 5,700 GT. A 2,250 kW Wärtsilä 6L25 engine was chosen for the main engine.

The newbuilds are reportedly equipped with a battery package that will enable peak load reduction for both the main engine and the auxiliary machines. The cargo handling machine will be electric. In ports where shore power is available, these vessels can charge themselves. “The combination of a modern hull, battery pack and variable frequency propulsion reduces emissions and fuel consumption to a much lower level than any comparable vessel on the market,” the shipyard said.

The notation “Methyl/Ethyl alcohol fueled ready” is announced in the classification. As soon as green methanol is available, the newbuilds will be “easily converted” to use this fuel.

Royal Bodewes is currently building at three shipyards simultaneously in the north of the Netherlands. In addition to the Aasen Shipping ships, the order book also includes two drybulk units for a Swedish shipowner, a cement tanker for a Taiwanese shipowner, a ro-ro cargo ship for French Polynesia and several general cargo ships for European owners.

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