The Netherlands-based Symphony Shipping has ordered two newbuild Ecobox XL project cargo vessels from Ferus Smit Shipyards.
The ships will be an evolution of the Ecobox and Ecobox DP series that the yard has already delivered to the shipping company in recent years. The Ecobox XL design will be suitable for loading extra-long items, such as wind turbine blades, while maintaining its capabilities as a general cargo ship.
The modifications in design and systems are also aimed to further enhance the ship’s environmental performance.
The original Ecobox design will be lengthened by more than 21 m, extending the box shaped hold to more than 100 m long on the tank top, and 112 m above the movable tweendeck level. The new ships will be 18 m wide, enhancing the cargo deadweight further.
The propulsion systems consists of a 3300 kW main engine and fuel consumption will be reduced with the integration of a waste heat generator. The fuel system will also be suitable for bio-blend fuels.
The new Ecobox XL ships are planned for delivery at the end of 2022/early 2023.