Amer Introduces New Sustainable Dry Cargo Vessel


Amer Shipping’s fleet in Raamsdonksveer has seen a new addition with the dry-cargo vessel Adriana Maria, a multi-purpose ship, that can operate at low water levels. This is due to the ‘CDS 110’ hull design by Concordia Damen and based on the Parsifal tankers previously developed by the yard, reports Dry Bulk.

The second ship under construction

The 110 m vessel can also carry 200 t more cargo compared to similar vessels. During the official sea trial on 8 February, the high expectations were met: the hull design scored excellently in terms of fuel consumption versus speed: the vessel had a speed of 20 km/h at a fuel consumption of 230 l/h. The ship has low drag, can sail fast, and consumes significantly less fuel. As a result, Adriana Maria was awarded the ‘Gold Label’ by Green Award.

The trial run, loaded, carrying a cargo of Bestone® for Graniet Import Benelux BV in Amsterdam, went well. The vessel met all requirements, even exceeding expectations on noise and vibration levels – the vessel performed well within the official standards. With the commissioning of the Adriana Maria, Amer Shipping now has a fleet of 58 vessels. Both owned dry cargo ships, container and bunker vessels (22 vessels), and associated vessels. Per year, the company transports around 8.5 million tons of cargo, mainly raw materials and (raw) materials for construction projects and project cargo for various industries.

Amer Shipping operates mainly in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company is now expanding its fleet, with a focus on building sustainable ships. Thus, within months of the Adriana Maria, named after the wife of brother Jan of inland waterway entrepreneur and co-owner of Amer Shipping, Peter Buijks, a second ‘CDS Dry Cargo 110’ by Concordia Damen is to follow soon.

Buijks said: “We’ve done everything we could to make the Adriana Maria score as well as possible in all areas. Due to the low resistance of the hull shape, its fuel consumption and emissions decrease. Longer sailing, even at water levels of 1.15 m, is possible, although then the ship cannot be fully loaded. Adriana Maria’s favorable load line makes it feasible to sail safely under 4.25 m bridges with a draft of 2.50 m. The CO2 emissions per tonne per kilometer are thus considerably lower than for a ship of the same class. We are talking about a unique vessel. I am convinced that we are setting a new standard with Adriana Maria.”

Sustainable fleet

Sustainability developments are not standing still and Amer Shipping consciously chooses to move with the trend. Buijks stated: “We are moving ahead to grow our business responsibly, and that includes investing in a sustainable fleet. With this, we are responding to the wishes of our customers who are increasingly looking at their – and our – CO2 emissions.”

Outfitting from A to Z

In August 2023, after a brief stop at De Waal BV in Werkendam, the Concordia Damen-finished hull arrived at Ruijtenberg Shipyard BV’s yard. The outfitting started with a challenge.

Jordy Buijks, Technical Manager, said: “We had to extend our 110-metre slipway by two metres to be able to lay the ship dry. It didn’t fit because of the design of the bulbous bow. We enjoyed working on the Adriana Maria! We also advised in various areas. For instance, the vessel is equipped with two fuel-efficient Scania 690 hp Stage V engines. These engines offer good speed while using as little gas oil as possible. For optimum efficiency, the propeller was modeled to align perfectly with the hull design and engine power. These engines could also be quite easily replaced with others, should that be desirable in the future. The all-stainless steel AdBlue Tanks – for post-treatment of emissions from the Stage V engines- were developed ourselves.”

Outfitter Ruijtenberg did even more work. Jordy Buijks said: “The battery pack is of the latest standard. It can supply the ‘hotel functions’ with electricity for at least 12 hours. Moreover, the batteries can be charged and discharged much more often, while maintaining the same performance. The wheelhouse is Ruijtenberg Shipyard’s own product. We also managed to get full ADN certification for the vessel. In good collaboration with Concordia Damen, we took care of the outfitting from A to Z and delivered the ship turnkey. It’s quite special to be able to contribute to the first dry cargo vessel of this sustainable series! Our thanks go to all suppliers who contributed to the ship. The Dutch Maritime Cluster has again joined forces with excellent results.”

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Source: Dry Bulk