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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Keels Laid for Young Brothers Tugs at Conrad Shipyard

Glenn Hong, President of Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii holds a framed print Photo Conrad Shipyard

construction for Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii. On hand for the ceremony was Glenn Hong, President of Young Brothers, Ltd; Jonathan Parrott, President of Foss Marine, Young Brothers’ sister company; and, Tim Engle and Mark Tabbutt with Saltchuk, the parent company of both. Also attending and delivering remarks was Kommer Damen, Chairman and CEO of Damen Shipyard, and Jim Watson, President of ABS Americas. A number of local officials were also present, including Morgan City Mayor Frank P. Grizzaffi III, Port Director Mac Wade and Councilman Lou Tamporello.

Grupo TMM Orders Damen ASD Tug 3212

Damen ASD Tug 3212 for TMM Colima Photo Damen

Leading Mexican maritime operator, Grupo TMM, has signed a Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance with Damen Shipyards Group for a 70 tonne bollard pull ASD Tug 3212 named TMM COLIMA. The tug will operate in the Mexican port of Manzanillo on the Pacific Coast. Ongoing port modifications and changes in port authority requirements were the driving force behind the deal. Founded in 1958, Grupo TMM has become one of the largest integrated logistics and transportation companies in Mexico.

From Across the Big Pond

Stan Tug 3711 - (4x) to be built by Conrad Shipyard for Young Brothers (Photo: Damen)

With familiar faces, new partnerships and Houston office, Damen widens its North American profile with a flurry of new work orders. With a flourish and a flurry of new business, Damen’s new U.S.-based office officially opened in Houston, Texas on July 1, 2016. Registered as Damen Area Support North America BV Co., it has been established to provide a local presence and work hand-in-hand with the North American market, offering a full range of ready built, standard and custom design vessels as well as the products and services of Damen Shipyards group ‘License to Build’ program.

Damen Workboats for Fratelli Neri Fleet Expansion

ASD Tug 2913 Toscana Photo Damen

Italian towing company Fratelli Neri S.p.A. has expanded its fleet with the delivery of three new Damen workboats. The trio of vessels will be based in the company’s home port of Livorno, on the Tuscan coast. Damen delivered all the vessels from stock;completing the final outfitting works within a timescale of three and a half months. This current delivery to Fratelli Neri consists of three different vessels. The first, an ASD 2913, was built at Damen Shipyards Galati. This vessel sailed from Romania to Italy on her own keel.

Van Wijngaarden Orders Second Damen Shoalbuster

Damen Shoalbuster 3512 - contract signing Photo Damen

The contract has been signed between Van Wijngaarden Marine Services and Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for the build and delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 3512, to be named the LINGESTROOM. This will bring the total number of Shoalbusters in the Van Wijngaarden fleet to five including the NOORDSTROOM, also a Shoalbuster 3512, which was delivered in April 2016. Van Wijngaarden Marine Services operates a modern, 15-strong fleet that delivers a wide range of support and supply services on a global basis to the maritime construction and offshore energy industries as well as port services and towage.

Nuclear Fuels Carrier Launched

Spent Nuclear Fuel Carrier: Photo credit Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards Galati launch Nuclear Cargo Vessel 1600 for the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB). Damen Shipyards Galaţi (DSGa) located in Romania, a member of Damen Shipyards Group, launched the specialist cargo ship which will replace her predecessor M/S Sigyn, which has been in service during the past 30 years. The vessel is designed and built by Damen, with Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (The Netherlands) providing the design and the major equipment and DSGa (Romenia) building and finishing the high-tech vessel.

Damen Unveils New Dredgers

Image: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has introduced its new line of Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHD), comprising of the Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 4000 and 5600 vessels. Designed in collaboration with Maritime Design and Engineering Services (MD&ES), the MAD 4000 and 5600 are geared for mining sand and gravel offshore. For offshore aggregate operations, the new vessels will be able to work in North Sea conditions up to depths of -60 meters. These capabilities allow operators to mine sand and gravel in deeper waters, farther from shore than preceding models.

Damen Tug Commissioned by Port Nelson

ASD Tug 2310 Photo Damen

Port Nelson, positioned at the top of New Zealand’s South Island at the head of Tasman Bay, has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2310. Named TōIA, which is Maori for ‘to pull’, she is the first new tug there for 32 years and represents a significant upgrade of capability. Jointly owned by the Nelson City Council and the Tasman District Council, Port Nelson is a vital hub for the regional economy and is investing in its infrastructure both ashore and afloat in anticipation of growth in the years ahead.

IRSHAD Acquires Damen Shoalbuster 2308

Damen Shoalbuster 2308, named Al Marfa 1

Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (IRSHAD), a part of the ADNOC Group of Companies, has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308, named Al Marfa 1. During a ceremony at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, the Netherlands, the company received the new vessel 3 weeks ahead of schedule. The delivery was attended by Zeid Zakaria, Senior Vice President, IRSHAD, Khalfan Ali Al Ali, Ship Building Projects Manager, IRSHAD, Pascal Slingerland, Damen Sales Manager Middle East, Jos van Woerkum…

Damen Acquires French Ship Repair Yard

As of this week, Damen Shipyards Group is the new owner of French shiprepair yard Arno Dunkerque, the only operator for ship repair and conversion in the 3rd largest French port, Dunkirk. The yard will continue its ship repair and conversion services. Furthermore, its personnel and management will remain in place, guaranteeing a seamless transition of the yard into the Damen Shipyards Group, which currently consists of more than 45 shipyards, repair & conversion yards and related companies.

Damen Begins Construction of Second Facility at Antalya Shipyard

 From left to right: Ron Keller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Turkey, Zübeyde Solak, Head of Department for the Ministry of Economy Directorate of Free Zones, Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, and Auke Van Der Zee, Damen Shipyards Antalya,  General Manager.

Damen Shipyards has refurbished a second 12,000 square meter shed at its Antalya, Turkey shipyard for the production of the Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009, the company announced today. Antalya II will be dedicated to the construction of Damen’s 50-meter FCS 5009. The hulls and superstructures are built in steel and aluminum by a nearby subcontractor, and the fitting out takes place in Antalya II. Four 5009s are now under construction and the facility will produce 6 to 8 finished vessels a year when fully operational, the company said.

Damen Building 2 Vessels for Sharjah Ports

Photo: Damen

Sharjah Ports Authority and Damen Shipyards officially celebrated the keel laying of two new vessels on December 11 at Damen Shipyards Sharjah, the Dutch group’s new facility. Mohammed Meer Al Sarrah, Director of the Department of Seaports and Customs at the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone presided over the ceremony. A long-term Damen customer, the United Arab Emirates port and customs authority already has eight Damen Stan Tugs in its fleet.

Damen Group Acquires Kvaerner Fjellstrand Yard

Damen Shipyards Group has formulated an agreement with Kvaerner ASA to acquire the Singapore shipyard, Kvaerner Fjellstrand. An agreement has been signed for the acquisition by Damen of all shares in KFJS. Following the acquisition, the Singapore operation will be known as Damen Shipyards Singapore - employing the current staff of Kvaerner Fjellstrand Singapore.

Damen Upshifts in Turkey

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Antalya has secured ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, an achievement that coincides with a period of rapid expansion that has seen the addition of three new production halls within the space of two years. “These certifications confirm the quality of our production processes,” commented Damen Shipyards Antalya Managing Director Auke van der Zee. “They also show our commitment to safe and clean working practices. Damen Shipyards Antalya opened in 2013 after the purchase of the Cyrus yard by Damen Shipyards Group.

First Damen Multi Cat 3013 Delivered to MCS

left to right Mr. Jos van Woerkum (Managing Director Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld), Mr. Menno Kuijt (Managing Director of Maritime Craft Services).

Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd has taken delivery of its first Damen Multi Cat 3013. Based in Fairlie, Ayrshire, the Scottish company is one of the largest operators of Damen vessels in the world, with 14 in its fleet. This order also represents an important milestone for Damen as it is the first vessel to be built at Damen Shipyards Sharjah, which opened in 2014. Managing Director of Maritime Craft Services, Menno Kuyt, comments: “This latest vessel fills a gap in our fleet…

Swedish Coast Guard Orders Third Vessel

In December 2005 the Swedish Coast Guard awarded Damen the newbuilding contract for two state-of-the-art 81-metre Coast Guard Vessels. Construction of these vessels is currently taking place at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and delivery for the first vessel is scheduled for the summer of 2008, the second vessel will follow towards the end of 2008. The contract included an option for a third vessel; this option has now been exercised. The third vessel is specially designed and equipped to perform chemical recovery duties and is provided with very sophisticated equipment which enables the vessel to combat abroad range marine accidents involving fire, hazardous gasses, explosion danger and chemical disasters. The capabilities of this multi purpose vessel makes it unique in the world.

Aker Yards and Damen Plan Joint Venture

Aker Yards and Damen Shipyards Group are planning to establish a joint venture owning the Damen Shipyards Okean yard in Mykolayiv, Ukraine. The plans will contribute to an increased steel- and shipbuilding capacity of Aker Yards. The Okean yard is able to build a variety of vessels, steel sections for all the three business areas of Aker Yards, as well as the existing Damen range of vessels. Rene H. Berkvens, CEO of Damen Shipyards Group emphasizes that the product range of Aker Yards matches very well with the capacities of the Okean yard and for that reason this is a very valuable cooperation. For Aker Yards ownership share it will pay EUR 10 million cash at closing. Further payments will be dependent on financial performance of the yard.

Damen Shipyards Cargo Vessels, Bergum Combine

Effective September 2010 the cargo vessel activities of the Damen Shipyards Cargo Vessels and Damen Shipyards Bergum will be combined and located in Bergum, the Netherlands. As a result of this effort the complete production line of sea going cargo vessels can be offered and delivered. This production line consists of a series of tankers of 2,500 to 8,000 tons and a series of multi-purpose cargo vessels of 2,500 to 13,500 tons deadweight. Apart from product development and engineering also the project support and the construction supervision will take place in Bergum, a city in the North of the Netherlands, for many years engaged in the production of cargo vessels.

Jamaica Orders Two Offshore Patrol Vessels

Photo: Damen

The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract for two new Stan Patrol 4207 vessels. Because the shipbuilder had both vessels available on stock, delivery is expected within the coming months. Damen said it is currently completing minor modifications before the outfitting process is concluded. On completion, two teams of JDF representatives will fly to the Netherlands to sail both vessels back to Jamaica with Damen’s own expedition team. Depending on weather conditions…

KOC Names Tug Newbuild in Romania

Photo: Damen

A naming ceremony for the Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) new ASD 3212 tug vessel, KOC Shahem, was held October 30 at Damen Shipyards Galaţi. The KOC Shahem is the second in a series of 14 tugs that Damen is building for KOC to assist tankers at near shore loading terminals and at new single point moorings offshore. The two companies have a lasting relationship that spans over 25 years. KOC awarded Damen the contract to design, construct and deliver the series of tugs in September 2012. Damen Shipyards Galaţi is constructing all the vessels.

Aker Yards to Deliver Combi Freighter to Briese

Aker Yards has sold a combi freighter to Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co, in Leer (Lower Saxony / Germany) to be delivered from Damen Shipyards Okean in the Ukraine, a joint venture between Aker Yards and Damen Shipyards Group. The value of the contract is approximately $24.9m. Delivery is scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2007. A first vessel of this type was delivered by the Okean shipyard in July 2006.

Damen Shipyards Open Norway Office

Arnout Damen, COO of Damen Shipyards Group, officially opens a new office in Norwegian Stavanger. When asked why Dutch headquartered Damen Shipyards sets up an advanced base in Stavanger, its new Sales Manager said: “It is the European Oil & Gas capital and the place the ONS Exhibition and conferences are held. Stavanger is, so to speak, a mini-Houston”. The opening gave Mr Hottentot a chance to show what Damen is about and in particular that it is becoming more and more active in the Offshore industry, having booked newbuilding orders for a series of four Platform Supply Vessels to be built at Damen Shipyard Galati (Romania) and another two to be built at Damen Shipyards Bergum (The Netherlands).

South African DAFF Fleet Repair Contract for Damen

Damen-DAFF Contract Signing: Photo credit Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards Cape Town contracted for maintenance & repair of  Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries  (DAFF) fleet. Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT, part of Damen Shipyards Group) has been assigned by DAFF to get its fleet of Fisheries Research Vessels and Fisheries Protection & Surveillance Vessels operational as soon as possible. The scope of work includes repair works and ongoing maintenance. The DAFF Fleet currently consists of six vessels, including the 83m Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sarah Baartman’ and the 78m Research Vessel ‘Africana’.


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