On Saturday the 21st of October, 11.00 hrs, Ferus Smit’s hull Nb. 445 will be launched in Westerbroek.

Nb. 445, named as Snow Crystal is the first ship in a series of two from a new design that was developed for Erik Thun AB from Lidkoping, Sweden. It is planned to replace the Snowstar and Icestar ships that were built by Ferus Smit yard in 1994 for the same owner.

Snow Crystal for Erik Thun AB to be launched in October at Ferus Smit shipyard in Westerbroek, Netherlands
Caption: Ferus Smit hull Nb. 445 to be named Snow Crystal - Image courtesy of Ferus Smit

Nb. 446 will follow hereafter as a full sistership, although she will be lengthened by 15.6 mtr.

Nb. 445 and Nb. 446 are mini bulkers with ice-class 1A and 2 cargo holds. Their design is dedicated to some specific trades in the Baltic region. The breadth of the ships is limited to 13.35mtr, to be able to fit into the locks of the Trollhattan Canal, which of course will only be applicable for the shorter built.

The ships are characterized by their extremely high deadweight of 5680 / 6550 tons. The propulsion installation consists of a 2000 kW Wartsila main engine running on MDO fuel, and driving a nozzled CP propeller. The accommodation will be suited for a crew of 8 persons.

Further data Nb. 445 / Nb. 446

  • Loa  89.00 / 100.60 mtr
  • B 13.35 mtr
  • T 7.23 / 6.91 mtr
  • DWT 5680 / 6550 tons
  • Hold volume 207.000 / 264.000 cft

Source: Ferus Smit