Erik Thun floats out first Lake Vanern Max vessel (Video)

Swedish shipping company Erik Thun has launched the first in a series of six new Lake Vanern Max vessels at Shipyard Ferus Smit in the Netherlands.

Erik Thun

As informed, the launching and naming ceremony took place on June 28, 2024. The vessel was named Lidan.

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Equipped with a hybrid propulsion system, the Lake Vanern Max ship will use both battery power and traditional fuel to optimize energy use and reduce emissions.

The battery pack will enable peak shaving and power smoothing, ensuring efficient operations and minimal environmental impact, according to Erik Thun.

Furthermore, with its shore connection capability, the vessel can operate silently and emission-free while docked, improving the air quality in ports and reducing noise pollution for crew members and surroundings.

With a large diameter propeller operating within a nozzle, the propulsion system of the unit is expected to deliver increased thrust at lower speeds, reducing power demand during challenging seaways and icebreaking operations.

“This advanced design allows us to reduce the installed main engine power by 18% without compromising performance, resulting in decrease in fuel usage and carbon emissions,” Erik Thun noted.

“The Lake Vanern Max is a testament to our dedication to being both long-term and innovative. Lidan is not just another addition to our fleet; she represents a significant leap forward in maritime technology.”

In August last year, Erik Thun introduced the next-generation series of Lake Vanern Max ships. The vessels will be delivered from September 2024 and onwards.

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