ANTWERP, Bel.– Fednav has welcomed its next-generation vessel, the Federal Bering at the Port of Antwerp. A reception was held on board to celebrate its maiden voyage to the largest Belgian port.
Best known in Antwerp for its FALLine liner service from Europe to the Great Lakes, Fednav currently has a newbuilding program that will see 19 new handysize lakers specially designed for the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes deliver between 2015 and 2018.
Built at the Oshima shipyard in Japan, the Federal Bering and its sister-ships have box-shaped holds in order to facilitate the handling of general cargo.
“By continuing to expand our fleet and operations, our fleet will be one of the most modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly trading between Europe and North America, especially in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System,” said Etienne De Vel, Commercial Manager of European operations.
The environmental characteristics of these vessels include:
25% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago
A decrease of over 15% nitrogen oxide emissions
A B+ rating from shippingefficiency.org
A CLEAN notation from the DNV/GL classification society
On the vessel’s maiden voyage, the Federal Bering will depart the Port of Antwerp transporting mainly steel products and some project cargoes on its way to Chicago and Burns Harbor, Indiana.