Ferus Smit secures next new-build contract from Erik Thun

Caption: Erik Thun

Another order from the Erik Thun shipping group for Ferus Smit: The Swedes are ordering two MPP ships and two tankers for the shortsea segment.

The Ferus Smit shipyard, with shipbuilding sites in Westerbroek in the Netherlands and Leer in Germany, has been a long-standing partner of Erik Thun, and today this partnership has been expanded once again.

Erik Thun announced the order of four more newbuildings: Two multipurpose dry cargo vessels and two coastal tankers. It is not yet clear exactly which parts of the order will be built where. Ferus Smit is usually very flexible and splits up components, the hull or the final outfitting and delivery depending on the capacity utilization of the two locations in the Dutch-German border region.

The shipping company operates a fleet of MPP and drybulk ships and tankers via various subsidiaries. Erik Thun has already received over 40 ships from Ferus Smit.

Orders to Ferus Smit and China

With today’s order, Ferus Smit’s current order book reportedly increases to fourteen ships. Including some newbuildings ordered in China, Erik Thun is currently waiting for a total of 15 units.

Two MPP freighters with 5100 tdw and ice class 1B have now been ordered – “our next generation of the ‘Lake Vanern Max’, which is suitable for operation on Lake Vänern in Sweden,” the Swedes announced.

In addition, the subsidiary Thun Tankers has ordered two more “methanol ready” coastal tankers of the “Resource Efficiency Class”. The two new “R-Class” vessels will join the six sisters already on order. The “Thun Resource”, the first ship in the R-Class series, has already been launched and is about to be delivered.

Together with the second product tanker of the “Vinga series” ordered by Thun, a total of fifteen ships have been ordered as part of the fleet renewal program, which are to be delivered continuously over a period of four years (2024-2027).

“We are proud to be leading the way with the introduction of the R-Class series and the Lake Vanern Max. These vessels set new standards in terms of efficiency, performance and sustainability and are, for example, equipped with a battery pack and prepared for connection to shore power,” said Henrik Källsson, Deputy Managing Director at Erik Thun.Erik Thun Orderbook

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