First Ecobox in operation

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Shipyard Ferus Smit delivered the »Nordana Sky« to Symphony Shipping after successful[ds_preview] seatrials. It is the first vessel in a series of six ships of the completely new Ecobox general- and project-cargo ship design.

As Ferus Smit informed, the vessel features a single large boxshaped hold of 429.000 cft that can be optionally sailed »open top« without maindeck hatches. Her hull carries 1,0550 DWT at main dimensions of 122.5 m in length, a width of 17.0 and 7.8 m draft. The deckhouse is placed on the foreship to optimally protect the cargo. For cargo handling the vessel is equipped with 50/85 t double cranes.

According to the shipyard, at the maiden voyage of the new vessel, the special Eco bulbless canoe bow proved to perform good even in rough seas, with moderate acceleration levels and high sustained speed in large waves. After loading windmill components in Esbjerg the vessel made a stop-over in Kritiansand, where a large 500 t knuckle boom crane was loaded on deck as project cargo for the United States With this cargo the ship sails cross-Atlantic at this moment, the shipyard informed.

Symphony Shipping also ordered two other ships in addition to the six Ecobox MPVs already ordered. According to the Ferus Smit, these will also be based on the Ecobox concept and, thanks to a DP2 dynamic positioning notation, can also be used as a large capacity and long range offshore supply vessels.

The ships will be build and delivered at the Ferus Smit yard in Leer, Germany in 2016 and 2017.