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Monday, June 26, 2017

Combi Lift Orders 19 Vessels from Damen

Damen Zeya River shallow water push boat (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group said it has secured an order with German heavy lift company Combi Lift to build a total of 19 specially customized shallow draught vessels. The vessels will be used to transport oversized and heavy lift cargo for the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project in the Russian Far East. The multiple vessel order comprises four Multi Cats 2608SD, four Pusher Tugs 2612SD, seven Stan Pontoons 8916SD and four Side Floaters 8605SD. Combi Lift’s role in the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project will be to transport over 176…

Two New Tugs for Rimorchiatori Riuniti

Damen ASD Tug 2411 Columbia (Photo: Damen)

Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has continued its fleet expansion with the deliveries of two new Damen tugs; an ASD 2913 called Danimarca and an ASD 2411 called Columbia. The delivery of the Danimarca took place in Genoa on June 14, 2017. This new tug will join the ASD 2913 Germania that joined the company’s fleet at the beginning of the year. Like her sister vessel, the Danimarca has also been installed with FiFi 1 and an aft winch, in addition to oil recovery and escort capabilities.

Metal Shark Wins $54 Mln US Navy Contract

Image: Metal Shark

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has been awarded a contract worth up to $54 million from the U.S. Navy to build Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) for U.S. partner nations through the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Metal Shark’s proposal was selected by Naval Sea Systems Command from a field of six competing shipyards. Under the terms of the award, Metal Shark will build up to thirteen 85-foot Defiant-class welded aluminum cutters for the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other U.S. partner nations.

Kotug Smit Towage Orders Three New Tugs

The board of Kotug Smit Towage with Secretary General of European Tugowners Association. On the picture left to right: Wouter Nieuwveld, CFO Kotug Smit Towage, Anna Maria Darmanin, ETA, Harrold van der Meer, COO Kotug Smit Towage, René Raaijmakers, CEO Kotug Smit Towage. (Photo: Kotug Smit)

With its latest newbuild order, Kotug Smit Towage will bring the total number of Damen-built tugs operating in its fleet of 69 to 22. The European harbor towage services provider has ordered a trio from Damen Shipyards Group, including two 80 metric ton bollard pull ASD Tugs 2913 (including one with firefighting capabilities) and a 70 metric ton bollard pull ATD Tug 2412 Twin Fin. Kotug Smit Towage CEO, René Raaijmakers, said the three new tugs will support the company’s growth in the U.K.

BC Ferries Orders Two Damen Newbuilds

Photo: Damen

Following an extensive, multi-phased international tender process, Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract to construct two 81-meter ferries. The vessels are part of BC Ferries’ ongoing fleet renewal program. BC Ferries operates 24 ferry routes along the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The new vessels will be able to cover many of the company’s routes to the Northern and Southern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver. Part of a fleet renewal program…

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.

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…

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.

Pronomar Equips Bibby WaveMaster 1

Photo courtesy of Pronomar

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem built the walk-to-work services operations vessel Bibby WaveMaster 1, and Pronomar provided drying systems for workwear to the turbine maintenance personnel. Damen Shipyards Gorinchem is the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group and delivers up to 180 vessels each year and has built more than 6,000 ships since 1969. This custom-designed vessel was deployed for U.K.-based Bibby Marine Services. It is designed to operate with maximum efficiency, while providing a high level of comfort for the crew.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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’.

Oranjewerf Ship Repair becomes Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

On 1 July 2015, Oranjewerf Ship Repair, which joined Damen Shipyards Group in 1989, will officially change its name to Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. This name change will be the final step of integrationfor the yard into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, part of the Damen Shipyards Group.This will enable Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf to continue to deliver a high level of service to its customers. Oranjewerf was founded in 1949 and boasts an extensive history and acquired expertise within ship repair.

Damen Bags Jack-up Pontoon Contract

Contract signing Clive Frost and Pascal Slingerland Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) in the United Arab Emirates has won a contract to build a shallow draught, self-propelled Jack-up Pontoon 3526 for the UAE-based contractor Aqua Diving Services Ltd. Once delivered, it will be used primarily to deliver offshore support services, including the provision of accommodation facilities for personnel as well as operating as a work platform with crane facilities. Aqua Diving Services (ADS) has specifically designed the Jack-up for Middle East operations and is closely cooperating with Damen Shipyards Sharjah for the construction of the unit.

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