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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Concordia Damen has celebrated the naming of the ‘Sendo Liner’, an innovative dry cargo vessel, at the Damen Werkendam yard.

Sendo Shipping, in cooperation with Concordia Damen, has designed a completely new vessel for optimally efficient transportation of high cube containers between Rotterdam and Groningen, the Netherlands, and other inland terminals. Its specially-designed ballast system further increases its container capacity.

Sendo Shipping MD Sebastiaan van der Meer said: “The Sendo Liner’s design is driven by our findings over many years of research and experience. It showcases our long-term strategy and vision for the future and will enable our goals of increased sustainability while increasing operational capabilities considerably.”

The vessel is fully optimised for the transportation of containers. The liner, measuring 110m x 11.4m, has the ability to carry additional containers in its cargo hold. Additionally, it features an innovative ballast system which enables it to sit lower in the water to increase its available air draught when passing under the bridges it encounters on its route at full loading. In total, the Sendo Liner delivers an 8% increase in loading capacity relative to a conventional vessel of similar size.

The Sendo Liner’s efficiency is not limited to increased capacity. Its diesel-electric propulsion results in very low emissions, offering a reduction in CO2 of 40% per container transported. This vessel is said to demonstrate Sendo Shipping’s long-term view of a vessel for the future. The future-proofing of the Sendo Liner goes beyond its sustainable credentials and increased cargo capacity, however. The design is modular, thereby providing the vessel with the versatility for fast adaptation in the future, as well as easy maintenance.

“It’s been a pleasure to work on a vessel as forward-thinking as this one,” said a Concordia Damen spokesperson. “The Sendo Liner is in many ways a vessel that reflects our own philosophy for a more efficient, cleaner future on inland waterways. We wish Sendo Shipping every success with their new vessel and look forward to constructing similar vessels in the future.”

Sendo Shipping has already placed an order with Concordia Damen for the delivery of two similar vessels currently under construction.

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