MV Alice Starts Maiden Voyage from Delfzijl to Antwerpen
After successful trials and delivery, M.V. Alice, Hull Nb. 415 went into service for Erik Thun A.B. on June 6th 2013. The maiden voyage for Alice went ballasted from Delfzijl to Antwerpen, where she loaded for Heroya, Norway.
During her first loaded voyage the ‘energy saving mode’ of the propulsion plant was tested and fine-tuned. In this mode the main engine is running at lower revolutions, while the AC electrical system is switched to 50 Hz. The results are promising: lower specific fuel consumption while the engine is running at half power.
“We congratulate the owners with their new ship, and wish M.V. Alice and her crew many safe journeys for the years to come,” Ferus Smit said in a release.
MV Alice, was launched in May at the Ferus Smit Shipyard in Westerbroek, the Netherlands.
Swedish shipping company Erik Thun A.B. is the owner of the vessel.
Thanks to a newly designed hull form, the vessel has a load capacity of 5,110 tons and she is also equipped with a system for ballast water treatment. In addition, she is outfitted with a water-lubricated propeller shaft, to prevent oil leakage.
The hull shape is specially designed to reduce fuel consumption, which is confirmed by various sea trials that indicate that she uses 19 percent less fuel than her sister ships.
Ferus Smit, June 18, 2013