Recently Groot Ship Design was rewarded by the Briese Group with a contract for the delivery of the design and basic engineering package for a series of next generation open top multipurpose vessels. Early 2015 Groot Ship Design started the first works for the design, end 2015 the design materialized in a building contract with a Chinese shipyard. At the moment our engineering team is working on the construction plans and safety arrangements, both in close cooperation with owner and shipyard.
The design features the Groot Cross-Bow® with integrated superstructure. The bow shape is optimized and fitted to sail in ice. The vessels with be classed with Finnish Swedish iceclass 1A. The single cargo hold is fitted with pontoon hatches and is tested at HSVA model basin and proved to be able to sail completely open without hatches onboard. The vessel will be able to load project cargoes on tank top or tween deck, but is also fitted to sail full bulk cargoes.
Briese ordered 4 vessels and is considering more depending on market conditions.