Dutch shipping company Transtal Shipping orders diesel electric multi-purpose vessel from Thecla Bodewes Shipyards


KAMPEN, the Netherlands – Dutch shipping company Transtal Shipping has signed the contract with Thecla Bodewes Shipyards for the construction of a diesel-electric propelled multi-purpose vessel. The 5,100 dwt dry cargo vessel SALMO has been fully developed by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards' in-house design team and marks the start of the yard's second building line following its strategic growth ambitions.

Scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2024, the innovative SALMO 5,100 dwt fits into Transtal Shipping's sustainable fleet renewal strategy. The diesel-electric SALMO will be equipped with three generator sets of 532bkW each and two electric motors of 600 ekW each, resulting in competitive fuel consumption figures with an average consumption of less than 3 tons of MGO per day. 

The SALMO series is the latest product line of Thecla Bodewes Shipyards and consists of modular built innovative diesel-electric dry cargo vessels with deadweight capacities between 5,100 dwt and 6,500 dwt. The state-of-the-art vessels are based on sustainable shipping solutions and are over 35% below the current IMO EEDI Phase 3 levels.

The SALMO offers unique advantages due to its highly efficient hull shape combined with a reliable diesel-electric propulsion system. The hull shape of the SALMO vessels has been specially developed for this type of propulsion and incorporates all the knowledge and experience gained from previously built vessels and the larger LABRAX series (7,280 dwt). Furthermore, the vessel meets all the requirements of a dry cargo vessel with a highly efficient cargo hold, low fuel consumption and low emissions.

SALMO dry cargo vessel: pioneer of future-proof shipbuilding
With its modular installed diesel-electric propulsion system, the SALMO is ready for the energy transition and for future alternative fuels such as methanol or hydrogen. Space has been reserved on board for alternative energy sources without having to replace the electric propulsion system. This makes the SALMO a pioneer when it comes to future-proof and intelligent on-board propulsion systems.

The 2,999 GT SALMO is a welcome addition to the Transtal Shipping fleet. With a length of 87.30 meters, a beam of 13.70 meters and a draught of 6.30 meters, the vessel offers a cargo capacity of 5,100 dwt and a generous volume of 208,360 cuft (5,900 m³).

Transtal Shipping B.V.
Transtal Shipping, based in Spijk (Groningen, the Netherlands), is an expert in short-sea shipping solutions and operates with its fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, European continental waters, the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Transtal Shipping performs commercial ship management for its own fleet and also for ship owners, offering brokerage services for time-charter and spot-market, technical advice, procurement advice, cargo management and security services, as well as expert analytical KPI measurement and benchmarking services.
The shipping company strives to partner by providing an expert team of professionals, reliable and safe transportation, with a focus on sustainability and the environment.

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