On Saturday 20th of January, Nb. 446 was successfully launched at the Ferus Smit Shipyard in Westerbroek, The Netherlands.

The naming ceremony was performed by Heléne Svensson Marmenlind, spouse of Karl Owe Svensson, Head of Logistics at Boliden AB. After the ceremony the launching went smoothly.

”Ice Crystal” is the second vessel in a series of two mini bulkers with ice class 1A and two cargo holds. The first vessel “Snow Crystal” was delivered in November 2017.

The vessels’ design is a further development of our existing vessels ”Alice” and ”Helge” and based on long experience of tailor making mini bulkers. They are planned to replace  ”Snow Star” and ”Ice Star”, that were built by the same yard about 20 years ago.The new mini bulkers are characterized by their extremely high deadweight of 5.680/6.550 tons. The breadth is limited to 13.35 meters, to be able to fit into the locks of the Trollhättan Canal, which will only be applicable for ”Snow Crystal”.

The propulsion installation consists of a 1.950 kW Wärtsilä main engine running on MDO fuel, and driving a nozzled CP propeller.