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On September 11th , Smart Maritime Group (Kherson, SMG) held the launching ceremony for the next outfitted hull of the chemical tanker built for the Dutch company VEKA Shipbuilding WT B.V. - branch of the VEKA Group. This order continues the line of vessels built for VEKA at the SMG shipyards and is the fourth in a series. The event, which took place at the site of the Kherson shipyard, was attended by a representative of the customer company Huig Spaargaren, representatives of the regional business and personnel. The honorary mission to be the godmother of the ship and to carry out the naming is given to Svetlana Schott, Marketing Director of Smart Maritime Group. Having smashed a symbolic bottle of sparkling wine on the side of a tanker, the godmother named the vessel "MONTEVERDI" in honor of the Italian composer of the early Baroque era Claudio Monteverdi and traditionally wished 7 feet under the keel. The representative of the VEKA Company Haig Spargaren said: “This is the fourth vessel in the line of the project, the construction of which we confidently entrusted to SMG. The quality of the work and the terms for which the project was completed do not raise doubts about the high professionalism of the Kherson shipyard team. In addition to contractual obligations and business relations, for so many years of joint work, we have developed warm friendly relations with the employees of your enterprise. We hope for further fruitful cooperation. " Dmytro Krasnikov, Director General of the Smart Maritime Group, noted: “SMG has once again confirmed that our shipyards are capable of fulfilling orders for our European customers at the highest professional level. We are an export-oriented company that uses materials of Ukrainian origin in its production. Our team is confidently focused on attracting orders both in the domestic market and among foreign customers, providing jobs for the shipbuilding industry. We keep the position of one of the budget-forming enterprises of the region”. Reference. Chemical tanker "MONTEVERDI" was built at the Kherson shipyard under the CAVALLI project. The deadweight of the vessel is 5000 tons. Length - 110 m, width - 13.5 m, depth - 6.6 m. The tanker is designed for the transportation of oil products and chemical cargo on inland waterways of Europe. Within the framework of the contract, the ship's hull was manufactured, general-ship pipeline systems were installed, deck outfitting was installed, and the hull was painted. The order was completed in 6 months. The contract value is 2.7 million Euro. While manufacturing the vessel 1,200 tons of high-quality shipbuilding steel were used, produced mainly in Ukraine at the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works and Azovstal works of the Metinvest Company. Smart Maritime Group is the largest shipbuilding company in Ukraine, which unites the shipbuilding assets of Smart-Holding: Nikolaev and Kherson shipyards. The production facilities of SMG allow to build medium-tonnage complete ships and perform complex ship repair works. The Customers of the shipyards are companies from the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain and other countries of the world. VEKA Shipbuilding B.V. is a part of the shipbuilding group VEKA Group with headquarters in Verkendam (Netherlands). The group was founded in 1988. The company specializes in the construction and maintenance of inland navigation vessels. The company's reference list includes double-hulled chemical and bunker tankers, LPG tankers; container ships, passenger and other types of ships. VEKA operates four shipyards in the Netherlands: in Lemmer, Husden, Rotterdam and Werkendam, as well as shipyards in Eastern Europe and partly in Asia. The history of successful partnership between SMG and VEKA Group goes back over 10 years. During this time, 12 tanker hulls were built for the company.