Long-time Globecomm customer Briese Schiffahrts is undertaking a program of fleet renewal, constructing a series of eight ‘Open Top Eco 5000’ multi-purpose vessels designed to consume 30% less fuel but with increased crane and cargo capacity. The new ships will be equipped with the Globecomm Nimbus “smartbox” for management of VSAT satellite connectivity and an Iridium OpenPort L-band backup. Together, they provide unlimited data for enterprise users and crew members.
The first of four ships was christened in mid-April 2018 at Zhejiang ¬Zengzhou Shipbuilding Co with three more of the 90-meter long, 3415gt, Dutch flag, ice-class 1A ships slated for delivery later this year. Another newbuilding, the project cargo carrier BBC Russia — a sister ship to the 12,500-dwt Jan – was delivered from Jiangsu Hongqiang Marine Heavy Industry in April.