|Wagenborg Shipping in The Netherlands sent the picture above showing her launching on December 18, 2013 and the additional information below.|
|On February 14th 2014, Shipyard Ferus Smit delivered the m.v. “Reggeborg” (yard number 404), which was christened and named on 18 December, 2013 by Mrs Marieke Reehoorn-Geerdink, to Royal Wagenborg.Over a timeframe of sixty years, this is now the third time that Wagenborg has taken a new built vessel into service with the name “Reggeborg”. The first ship was a 360 tons coaster, which rolled down the slipway at the former Shipyard Gebr. Coops in Hoogezand as the “Skald” in 1951 and was given the name “Reggeborg” in 1954. This was followed in 1994 by the open-top container carrier (558 TEU) “Reggeborg“ built at Verolme in Heusden.The new “Reggeborg” is a sister ship of the “Reestborg” (delivered in March 2013) and “Roerborg” (to be delivered in September next). The general details of the vessels are: l.o.a 169.75 metres, breadth 20.40 metres, moulded depth 13.75 metres. The three multi-purpose carriers, the largest ever taken into service by Wagenborg, are unique because of the combination of cargo capacity, hold dimensions and fuel consumption. The ships, which have two box shaped holds, are also the largest ever built by Ferus Smit. An extensive programme of towing tank tests has shown that the vessels can achieve a speed of approx. 14 knots and in ice they satisfy the stringent requirements of the Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A. The vessels are equipped with newly developed eco-bows. The advantages of this shape are, among others, a calmer handling and a higher speed at various depths. This also means that the engine capacity can be lowered, which has a positive effect on the fuel consumption. As a result, the ships can be labelled as being ‘very green’. The newly developed bow was used for the first time in a slightly smaller format on the “Vikingbank”, the “Vlieborg” and the “Volgaborg”, which were built at Ferus Smit in Westerbroek and delivered, respectively, on 19 April 2012, 28 September 2012 and 8 April 2013.
Under the command of captain Koos Boer, the “Reggeborg” started her maiden voyage shortly after the delivery. The ship was bound for Hargshamn, where iron ore had to be taken on board for Stettin.
|Captain Ed Montgomery shared the following thoughts with me and I share them with you. Ed owns Sea Service, L.L.C. and operates the Pilot Boat that is often seen going out to ships at anchor. Words are his; Pictures are mine as she came into port this afternoon (July 7, 2014) (Click pics for larger image).|
|Just a tidbit of info that I thought you and your readers might find interesting. The M/V REGGEBORG will be proceeding to the Hallett 6 Dock. She is a newbuild from Wagenborg Shipping and is their largest owned ocean vessel. She was built at Ferus Smit ship yard in Leer, Ostfriesland, Germany and launched on 12 December, 2013.|
|She is the 2nd of the “R Class” (REESTBORG was the first), as Wagenborg terms it and features their “Econ-Bow”, which is engineered to improve sea keeping handling traits and fuel efficiency. At first glance, the unique bow design seems to be a throwback to the WW-I British Dreadnaughts and U.S. Battleship’s plumb bows, with the forward-most bow stems being nearly straight up and perpendicular to the waterline. However, it is the result of high powered computer high-tech nautical engineering that the old war horses never had.|
|The REGGEBORG’s bow is a version of a recent hydrodynamic design development called the “Axe-Bow” from it’s origin at Norway’s Ulstein Group Shipyards. English and North American yards have adopted it as the “X-Bow”. The design affords the vessel to make better speed and improved fuel mileage by inherently avoiding the unavoidable ‘slamming’of the typical forward pitched stem and flared bow that most vessels are built with.|
|The REGGEBORG is the first vessel in this series to have a five level deckhouse, versus the previously planned four level accommodation’s block on the initial series ship, the REESTBORG). This was changed to give the crew better sightlines when transporting unusually high special project cargoes.|
|The vessel is named for the Regge (pronounced “R-r-r-regch’d”), a heavily ‘canalized’ tributary in the Netherlands.
Here in the Twin Ports, we have seen this type of new bow on only one other vessel, which I believe was the M/V VIKINGBANK that loaded at General Mills “A”, last year.
So, it appears that what was old, is now new again — and high tech, at that! Take care, Ed.