The Damen Combi Freighter 3850 Hoogvliet was launched at Cruise Terminal Rotterdam last Saturday by lady sponsor Annefleur Janssen, the daughter of one of the participants of the business alliance, which will deploy the vessel in European waters.
Hudig & Veder MD and owner Lex Fontein said the added value of the limited partnership construction consists of the participants and their input of knowledge from an international perspective of the trade and their easy-going collaboration.
For cost effective reasons, those involved have chosen for relatively lower tonnage vessels.
“Costs of those are many times lower than of deploying 10,000 tonne carriers calling at ports. It is obvious that smaller vessels can call at smaller ports, although those of ours also call at the ports of Antwerp, Hamburg and ports in the Baltic, starting from Rotterdam.”
As well as the Hoogvliet, which has a DWT of 3,800 tonnes, Damen previously delivered three other vessels – the Geervliet, Heenvliet and Haringvliet – to the partnership.