UK shortsea operator Scotline, in partnership with Royal Bodewes Group BV, have exercised their option for the second new build, 4785 DWAT Bodewes Trader. This vessel will be named Scot Explorer and launched in Q3 2019. Currently MV Scot Carrier is being built, with the launch expected to be in July and delivery in October 2019.
MV Scot Explorer will have a length of 89.98 meters and a beam of 15.20 meter and a maximum sailing draft of 5.68 meters. She will be powered by a MAK engine whilst being fully container fitted, with Swedish ice class 1B. She will sail under the British Flag and classed under Lloyds Register. The second new build will be a near-identical sister to MV Scot Carrier.
Throughout the build of the Scot Carrier, both parties have had regular and open dialogue, looking at different ideas and concepts in order for the partnership to work well for both family-owned companies.
The Scot Explorer will be the next addition to Scotline’s fleet of 9 owned vessels, where it is looking to renew some of the older tonnage. Currently Scotline has 15 ships in its fleet ranging from 1300 dwcc to 4500 dwcc.
Sea News, June 21