Netherlands Armed Forces has formally put the Roll-on Roll-off ship into service as we speak. The Netherlands shouldn’t be the primary nation to make use of business ships for army logistics. The UK Royal Navy has been utilizing ten Level-class sealift ships since 2002. The New Amsterdam is now being loaded and can depart tonight from Eemshaven to the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania. There are Dutch troopers of the improved Ahead Presence (eFP). On board are containers full of products and rolling inventory for the following rotation of the eFP. Protection will lease it for the following 10 years from TransProCon, a part of Swedish Orient line .

Commander of the Netherlands Armed Forces Common Onno Eichelsheim mentioned,”Militaries should have the ability to rely on logistics being so as throughout their deployment. In the event you take a look at the battle in Ukraine, you’ll be able to see the significance of excellent logistics and well timed provides. Nevertheless, strategic transport is a bottleneck and that’s the reason I’m so comfortable about this collaboration. As Protection, we don’t have to have the whole lot in-house, so long as we are able to have it when it’s wanted.”


New Amsterdam Roll-on Roll-off Ship. (Picture by Dutch Ministry of Defence)

Beforehand, ships have been sometimes rented, however that is turning into dearer and harder resulting from growing shortage available on the market. What makes the New Amsterdam particular is that every one the gear can simply be ‘rolled’ on and off. In case of operational necessity, it may possibly additionally load and unload with out resting on a quay. The decks are made in such a manner that heavy materials can stand on them. Consider Boxers, CV90 fight autos or Armored Howitzers, the heaviest artillery within the military. On this manner, assured strategic sea transport is at all times attainable.

The ship is 193 metres lengthy and 26 metres huge. There may be additionally a crane on board, which may elevate greater than 40,000 kilos of apparatus. The ship can concurrently transport greater than 200 containers and 300 autos with a mean size of 6 meters. If obligatory, the ship is ready to load and unload with out the cargo doorways resting on the jetty. It helps the varied models of the armed forces throughout workout routines and missions. These commitments embody participation in NATO’s Very Excessive Readiness Joint Activity Drive (VJTF), or the EU Battlegroup (EUBG). Accomplice international locations may use it for a charge. In accordance with MarineTraffic, the ship will arrive in Lithuania on 28 July.

New Amsterdam Roll-on Roll-off Ship
New Amsterdam Roll-on Roll-off Ship. (Picture by Dutch Ministry of Defence)