Van der Velden supplies rudders for mega containerships

Van der Velden rudders The 100m2 full spade ATLANTIC rudders each weigh over 250t

Van der Velden Marine Systems is this year set to deliver 100m2 full spade ATLANTIC rudders for five of the largest containerships ever ordered by China Cosco Shipping Corporation.

Van der Velden, part of Netherlands-headquartered Damen, signed a contract in 2015 to supply its ATLANTIC rudders with ART (Asymmetric Rudder Technology) design and bulb for the 20,000 teu containerships, which are being built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding for completion next year.

 “We are very proud that China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited, one of the largest container shipping lines in the world, has selected Van der Velden Marine Systems as the supplier for the rudders on their newest mega container vessels,” said Wim Knoester, managing director of Van der Velden Marine Systems. “With these contracts, we are pleased to say that we have strengthened our position in the Chinese market.”

The rudders each weigh over 250t and are specially optimised for minimum cavitation at high speed, as well as manoeuvrability. Their water-lubricated synthetic bearings are long-lasting and require little maintenance, said Van der Velden. The rudders are also designed for easy dismounting when inspections and repairs are needed.

Van der Velden has recently expanded into the Asian naval market; delivering manoeuvring equipment to shipyards in China, South Korea, Taiwan and India and opening a branch in Tokyo, Japan.

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