Short-Sea Shipping on European Waterways

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

While there is much talk of short-sea shipping in North America, many would say that trucks still receive much more infrastructure support. However in Europe there is a greater acceptance and encouragement to use the inland waterways to move, not only bulk cargos, but shipping containers as well.

Recently the de Roeck family took delivery of a 443 ft by 46.5 ft container vessel. With a depth of 13 ft and a telescoping wheel house the MS Isabelle is capable of handling five layers of containers. For visibility over the containers, the wheelhouse can extend to nine meters when the vessel is fully loaded.

Homeported in Brecht the hull of the Belgium-flagged vessel was built in the Russian Astrachan Plant and finished at the Veka Shipbuilding BV at Werkendam the Netherlands. Propulsion power is provided by a pair of EU Stage IIIa and EPA Tier 2 compliant Cummins QSK50-M engines each delivering 1600 hp at 1800 RPM. The vessel also has dual Cummins-powered 560 hp bow thrusters and a Cummins 4BT3.9-G4 powered genset.

Because of the family de Roecks good experience with Cummins engines in their other vessels, they decided to continue their cooperation with Cummins. The MS Isabelle will be used to transport containers throughout the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France.

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Vessels

Confidence High in UK Logistics Sector

The latest U.K. Logistics Confidence Index commissioned by Barclays and Moore Stephens reveals that confidence in the U.K. logistics sector remains high but more

CMA CGM to Retrofit 10 More Bulbous Bows

The CMA CGM Group said it will retrofit 10 of its vessels’ bulbous bows to achieve improved energy efficiency for slow steaming. The modifications are in addition

Maersk Interceptor Named in Norway

In a ceremony held at GMC Marine Partners yard in Mekjarvik in Norway, Mrs. Anita Utseth, Senior Vice President in Det norske oljeselskab ASA (Det norske) had

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Repair Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1619 sec (6 req/sec)