Innovative inland vessel named at Concordia Damen

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 20 February 2019


This week an innovative new hybrid inland vessel was named Sendo Liner at the Concordia Damen yard in Werkendam, the Netherlands.

Sendo Shipping in cooperation with Concordia Damen has designed a completely new vessel for the optimally efficient transportation of high cube containers between Rotterdam and Groningen, the Netherlands, and other inland terminals.

The vessel is fully optimised for the transportation of containers. The liner, measuring 110 x 11.4 metres, has the ability to carry additional containers in its cargo hold compared with earlier vessels of similar dimensions. 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 in emissions, offering a reduction in CO2 of 40% per container transported. This is a vessel that demonstrates Sendo Shipping’s long-term view; a vessel for the future.

Initially designed with a conventional direct diesel propulsion system, the completed vessel specification was altered during construction and the vessel now features twin Volva Penta gensets of 435kWe each and an EST Floattech battery pack of 560kWh capacity.

Sendo Shipping Managing Director 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 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. There is room for a hydrogen fuel cell to be installed and the design also has provision for additional power to be supplied using containerised battery packs that can be plugged directly into the ship’s power system. These battery packs are not available but are being developed for future use.

“It’s been a pleasure to work on a vessel as forward-thinking as this one,” says Concordia Damen. “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 that are currently under construction.

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