February 17 - Dutch shipping company, Wijnne Barends, which is based in Delfzijl, has seen the launch of the first of its recent order for eight identical newbuildings from Groningen Shipyard in Waterhuizen.

The construction of this series is a repeat order of four vessels delivered to the shipping company in 2012.

The vessels have a length of 88 m and a capacity of 3,700 tonnes and will mainly be deployed in European waters. All are equipped with a height-adjustable wheel house, which means they are well suited to sailing at sea but also on the larger rivers and inland waterways in Europe transporting different types of dry cargo including bulk as well as project cargoes.

The first vessel from this series, Lady Adele, has been launched and the delivery of all eight vessels will take place during 2015 and 2016.

The new vessels were designed by Wijnne Barends in close cooperation with Conoship International and Groot Ship Design. The vessels comply with current known and future energy and environmental requirements. The construction and outfitting, including the supply of components for the eight vessels, will be carried out in close cooperation with several regional Dutch subcontractors.