For over a century Royal Wagenborg has developed, managed and operated its fleet, which currently consists of approximately 186 dry cargo vessels, varying from 2,000 to 23,000 tonnes and several ferries, tugs, offshore support vessels, accommodation vessels and barges. In consultation with customers vessels are often developed in-house and built at selected shipyards. Wagenborg strives to retain a young fleet. This means that new vessels are continuously being built, while older vessels are sold.
The average age of the dry cargo vessels is only 6.5 years. As a result our vessels always meet with the latest environmental requirements. In addition, Wagenborg aims to reduce emissions and fuel consumption and consequently, pays special attention to the consumption at various draughts, combined with the operational profile of a ship. This leads to unconventional hull forms and propulsion concepts.
The latest example of this is our R-class and V-class types of vessels. These vessels are equipped with a screw in a nozzle and an innovative bow. The nozzle facilitates more efficient interaction between the screw and hull so more thrust is generated. The innovative bow performs well over the whole range of draughts, and especially in bad weather. With only 4,500 kW, an eco bow and hull shape, the R-class vessels are all certified with the Swedish/ Finnish 1A Ice Class and they represent the world’s most efficient ice- strengthened vessel in their class. Thanks to an excellent ratio between cargo capacity and fuel consumption, the R-class is an extraordinarily efficient type of vessel.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is also imposing requirements to increase the efficiency of shipping. A part of these regulations is the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). This determines how much CO2 a newbuild vessel can emit on the basis of reference lines for different types of vessels in tonnes CO2 per (load) tonne-miles. This reference line will incrementally be made more severe. In 2015 vessels have to be 10% more efficient, 20% by 2020 and 30% from 2025, compared to the current generation of vessels.
We are proud to say that our R-class and V-class vessels have such low fuel consumption that they already outperform the IMO standard for 2025 thanks to their unconventional design! Obviously this trend will continue and the vessels currently developed by Wagenborg will be even more efficient than their predecessors. With our newest vessels Wagenborg is therefore, a good example of a company that is still at the forefront of developments.
After the launch and delivery of the ‘Reestborg’, ‘Vlieborg’, ‘Volgaborg’ and ‘Reggeborg’ in 2013, the Ferus Smit shipyard started building the third ‘R-vessel’ called ‘Roerborg’. This vessel is expected to be delivered in September 2014.
|Length over all||169,75 meters|