the new Wagenborg standard in sustainable shipping

Easymax has finally seen the light.  After months of work on yard number 850, it’s now time to introduce the latest sustainable vessel of Wagenborg. EasyMax is an open-top multi-purpose ice-classed vessel with a load capacity of 14,300 tonnes and a hold capacity of 625,000 cubic feet. The combination of that large load capacity and very low fuel consumption makes this Wagenborg vessel a leader in its segment in terms of sustainability.

Efficient and reliable shipping with Easymax

The unique sustainable design of the Easymax was developed by Royal Wagenborg and Royal Niestern Sander in cooperation with a number of carefully selected partners. Our focus with this design was to meet clients’ need for significantly more efficient and reliable transportation. The Easymax is also relatively simple to build and operate.

“The extremely energy efficient ‘EasyMax’ excels in her class with a very high cargo intake”

Maximum dimensions and load capacity

With a load capacity of 14,300 tonnes and a hold capacity of more than 625,000 cft, the Easymax is the biggest vessel ever built in the north of the Netherlands on the landward side of the dikes. With a length of 149.95m, a beam of 15.90m and a draught of 8.60m, the Easymax has the maximum possible dimensions for the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard. With two large box-shaped holds – 13.50m wide, 12.10m high, and 47.36 and 64.38m long, respectively – the Easymax excels in her class with her very high intake for heavy or light cargo, timber and paper and project cargo. This allows for maximum deployment in Wagenborg’s operating area. The Easymax is suitable for worldwide commercial operations, including in such areas as the Baltic, the North Sea, the Mediterranean, the St Lawrence Seaway, the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal.  

Sustainable vessel with low fuel consumption

With the Easymax, Wagenborg has a relatively large vessel in terms of cargo intake and hold capacity but without any major increase in overall dimensions or tonnage. In addition, the combination of main engine, gearbox, propeller and thruster means that the Easymax has an energy-efficient propulsion system, leading to extremely low fuel consumption. The hull shape has also been optimized for various different draughts, resulting in an ultra-low Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).

Launch of Easymax vessel ´Egbert Wagenborg´
Launch of Easymax vessel ´Egbert Wagenborg´

Sustainable ship design

Unlike the great majority of the Wagenborg fleet, the Easymax has her bridge and accommodation positioned in front of the ship. One of the principles for her design was to have maximum dimensions and capacity in two box-shaped holds. Positioning the accommodation in the fore part of the ship – where much of the shape is located that is needed for low fuel consumption – creates greater hold volume in the aft section and on deck. It also reduces the overall tonnage. Another advantage is that there are no line-of-sight restrictions as regards deck cargo and project cargo. As a result, the accommodation of the vessel can be situated a deck lower. Yet another advantage is that the centre of gravity is lowered. This improves the stability of Easymax and hence her load capacity. Finally, the lower accommodation construction creates an aerodynamic shape with lower resistance. This results in reduced fuel consumption of this sustainable ship.

Easy to build and operate

The design of the Easymax means that there is only a limited amount of equipment in the hold. For example, there are no tween-decks, container fittings, securing eyes, or girders in the hatch package. For most of the cargoes that Wagenborg transports, these options are unnecessary. There are, however, separation bulkheads, dehumidifiers, and hold lighting. The bottom line is a cheaper and lighter vessel that is easy to operate and maintain. 

Comfort on board

Besides the needs of our clients, a high standard of comfort for the crew is also an important principle of the design. Positioning the accommodation in the fore part of the Easymax and the engine room aft means that the noise level in the modern cabins is very low. There are a large gymnasium and a spacious day and mess room. With this Easymax has a comfortable working and living environment.

In the working areas of the Easymax for the crew, special attention was paid to ergonomics, safety, technology and layout. A good example is the new AlphaBridge, with its 360° view. Another is the hold entrance in the area between the two holds. Also, the access from the accommodation to the hatch crane is exemplary. The ship has a good satellite connection for onboard TV and Internet. This allows the crew to communicate with their people back home. Moreover, the internet connection allows equipment to be read remotely from shore. This makes more efficient maintenance and support possible. In that context, innovative applications have also been implemented that contribute to the level of onboard safety.  The alarm, radar, ECDIS and CCTV screen can be displayed both on board the Easymax and back on shore.

“The development of the EasyMax has been a great boost for employment in the north of the Netherlands”

Optimal loading conditions

Easymax has a large cargo hold volume, very high light cargo intake, maximum draught, optimized deadweight and open top notation. This is a unique combination in this class of vessels. Next ›

Lower center of gravity

The lower accommodation of Easymax creates an aerodynamic shape with lower resistance, for example to the wind, and reduced fuel consumption. Next ›

Easy to build and operate

The EasyMax design has limited hold outfitting by excluding e.g. tween deck panels, container fittings, lashing pots and beams. This results in a vessel which is easy to operate and easy to build at low costs without making concessions to cargo possibilities. Next ›

Ergonomic bridge design

A high level of monitoring is vital to ensure a safe working environment for crew and cargo. Accuracy and reliability are paramount to efficient and safe operations. That is why all equipment has been integrated on the bridge. The bridge aims to minimize the space that each individual component uses on the bridge console, resulting in a solution that follows the latest thinking in ergonomics and class rules.  Next ›

Two long box shaped holds

The Easymax is designed with maximum dimensions for a maximum number of trading areas of the vessel. With two large box-shaped holds, the EasyMax has a high intake of heavy cargo, light cargo, forest products and project cargo. Next ›

Energy efficient engine

A substantial smaller engine output and fuel consumption, a hull shape optimized for several draughts and two holds suitable for a variety of cargoes result in a World class low on EEDI - Energy Effiency Design Index Next ›

High comfort standard

The aerodynamic hull shape enables smooth sailing and avoids motion sickness on board. Together with comfortable cabins, welfare facilities, such as a gymnasium, a pleasant working and living environment is evident. Sound and noise levels are low since the accommodation is situated in the foreship and the engine room in the aftship. This results in a COMF-NOISE class notation (Bureau Veritas). Next ›

A boost for the north

The Royal Niestern Sander shipyard worked hard on the Easymax in recent months. As a “recognized training company”, the shipyard trains a lot of young people from Groningen and Drenthe. For example, graduates of the metal and shipbuilding programme in Groningen. The whole region, therefore, benefits from this project. Niestern Sander works with many local subcontractors and suppliers. Building Easymax has been a great boost for employment in the north of the Netherlands.

“This Wagenborg vessel is a leader in its segment in terms of sustainability”