Earlier this year, CEO of Intership Navigation, Dieter Rohdenburg, signed contracts for three ‘Laker’ new buildings.
The ships will be built by New Times Shipyard (NTS). NTS is considered to be amongst the top five privately-owned builders in China, and Intership Navigation has already realised several projects with them, including the existing Lakers (FEDERAL WESER-Class), A-Class vessels, three LR1 tankers and two Cape-size vessels.
The newly ordered Lakers are effectively upgraded versions of the existing vessels: they will be equipped with 6 holds, 4 cranes and will have a dwat of 36,500mt. The hull form and the propulsion system (main engine, propeller etc.) have been fully optimised, using Futureship (a DNV-GL company) as a consultant. As a result, the ships are expected to have 20% less consumption than the existing vessels.
Upon delivery, from October 2016 onwards, the new ships will enter a ten-year time charter to Fednav Ltd.
“Intership is happy and proud to have been able to order these new buildings, which will further cement the long-lasting relationship with Fednav,” an official release reads.