VG 6000 a Multipurpose Special Cargo Vessel
The VG6000-E is a 6000 tonne twin screw, diesel electric powered, multipurpose special cargo vessel.
It has two separate engine rooms aft and a forward situated superstructure comprising of the accommodation and wheelhouse. The hull has a raked stem with a bulbous bow, and is built with a transom stern. It is designed as an open top vessel with a limited draught. The vessel boasts a large box-shaped cargo hold with a length of more than 80 meters. It has been designed for world-wide trade and unrestricted service being suitable, both for the transportation of special cargo and bulk goods, as well as 20’ and 40’ containers. For this purpose the main deck hatches and the tank-top are fitted with lashing facilities for containers. These special design features, in combination with a Dynamic Positioning System, reinforce the commercial deployment of the vessel for established and new markets.
The design is based on a new electric propulsion drive using an innovative DC bus system for the main electric installation. However, the use of proven components in this system insures projected reliability and performance for these vessels. Due to the complex set of requirements, a number of other innovations have been implemented, for example the Power Management System is based on the direct current principle. The diesel-electric propulsion is based on a flexible and redundant drive that complies with the new legislation for low sulphur emissions that comes into force on January 1st, 2015.
The development of the VG6000-E started in 2009 by Vuyk Engineering Groningen in collaboration Amasus Shipping and a number of other special cargo stakeholders. The contract to build the first three vessels was awarded to Shipkits B.V.
The first one, “MV Jaguar”, is build for Jaguar Shipping; while number two and three are the first ships in the D-type series of Abis Shipping. They are named “MV Abis Dover” and “MV Abis Dublin, and have joined the fleet as big brothers of the Abis B-series.