March 27 - Wijnne Barends has placed an order with the Indian shipyard, Chowgule & Company, for the construction of six identical, energy-efficient vessels.

Each 98 m long vessel will have a deadweight capacity of approximately 4,200 tons (3,810 tonnes) and a cargo hold of more than 6,000 cu m.

According to Wijnne Barends, the vessels are designed to meet the increased environmental requirements that apply to newly built vessels (Tier III standards) as well as meeting the highest Swedish/Finnish ice class.

The delivery of the first ship has been scheduled for the last quarter of 2018, with the remaining ships delivered at four-month intervals.

Wijnne Barends is a part of the Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group, which manages a fleet of over 100 multipurpose, heavy lift, ro-ro and semi-submersible vessels.