For the last seven years Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Royal Wagenborg have had an intensive cooperation. During these years the Chinese shipyard has built many ice-classed, geared, multipurpose dry cargo vessels with boxshaped holds for Royal Wagenborg. These successful vessels are now known worldwide as the A-class (17,323 DWT) and T-class (21,350 DWT) vessels. The original order placed in 2006 for six vessels and two options has eventually turned into 25 vessels! With these vessels, Royal Wagenborg has set new standards in terms of versatility, reliability and efficiency. The recent delivery of m.v. Trinityborg marked the end of the largest series of vessels ever for both Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Royal Wagenborg.
The construction of the so-called ‘A-type’ started on September 27th 2006 with the m.v. Amstelborg and finished on November 13th, last year with the m.v. Alaskaborg. In the meantime Wagenborg signed an additional contract for a ‘T-type’, measuring an additional 30 m in length and equipped with a fourth deck crane.
Both the ‘A’ and the ‘T’ type vessels are currently deployed worldwide, ensuring a spread of cargo types, customers and trading areas. With the recent delivery of m.v. Trinityborg on November 14th, seven years of Chinese shipbuilding came to a close for Wagenborg.