January 21 - Last week, the latest arrivals into the rapidly expanding fleet of Abis Shipping were christened in Harlingen, the Netherlands.

Arctic Dawn and ABIS Dusavik were delivered late last year and both are described as 'mini heavy lifters with 4,400 dwt deadweight, 111.6 m in length and 16.8 m in width'.

Ocean7 Projects, which was launched last year - see news item here - is the commercial manager for the new ships and will be responsible for attracting heavy, out-of-gauge and other project and parcel cargoes for the ships.
Each ship has two cranes with 150 tonnes lifting capacity and a service speed of 17 knots. Stefan Nordby Petersen, managing director of Ocean7 Projects says that as they feature a large deckhouse at the ships' bow and open deck format in the stern, they are perfect for the carriage of over-dimensional cargoes.
Abis Shipping was founded on October 1, 2007, with a five-year target to have more than 10 ships in service for short sea shipping, project cargoes and river shipping.

Ocean7 Projects established as a commercial entity by combining the separate capacities of MLB-Denmark, Spain and Italy - formerly subsidiaries of German shipping line Manfred Lauterjung Befrachtung. The previous three MLB trading names have since been terminated and will now trade exclusively under the Ocean7 Projects banner.


Left to right: vessel godmothers, Petra van Hoeken & Jane Petersen