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Friday, July 16, 2021 

Two new inland container vessels built by Concordia Damen have been officially named at BCTN’s inland terminal at Den Bosch, in the Netherlands.

The owning company, Den Bosch Max BV, is a joint venture between logistics services provider Nedcargo International and inland terminal operator BCTN. The twin 90m vessels, Den Bosch Max Blauw and Den Bosch Max Groen, had already been delivered, in December 2020 and January 2021 respectively. Nedcargo ships around 2.5bn bottles of Heineken beer to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp each year, and the two new vessels are to play their part in this important traffic.

Both vessels are 90m in length and have a beam of 11.5m. These dimensions are the maximum that allows them to pass through the locks on the Dieze Canal at Engelen, a requirement for accessing the terminal at Den Bosch. However, thanks to an innovative design each is capable of carrying up to 132 TEU, 24 TEU more than previous vessels.

Both are to be equipped to utilise interchangeable, container-sized battery packs; ZESPacks, supplied by Zero Emission Services. Charged using renewable power, a depleted container can be quickly exchanged for a full one at exchange and loading stations. 

Diederik Antvelink, joint owner of NedCargo, said: “We use 'Max' as an element of the names of these new vessels because we aim to maximise the reductions in our emissions and maximise the number of containers that these vessels can carry. We are pleased to have continued our cooperation with Concordia Damen, having built three previous vessels with them. These new ships are a valuable addition to our fleet.”

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