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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Damen Shipyards News

Damen Shows New Class of Fish Farm Vessels

The open day at UV 4312 Fish Farm Support Vessel  (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen has held the first viewing of its UV 4312 Fish Farm Support Vessel. The new class is the result of extensive discussions with the global fish farming industry and the result is a versatile vessel specifically designed to undertake the maintenance and support tasks particular to saltwater fish farms. The open day took place at the group’s headquarters at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and was held for the benefit of operators from across the global sector. The 43-meter, 499 metric ton GT Utility Vessel (UV) 4312 builds on the development work that went into its smaller predecessor…

UAE Shipyard Begins Operations as Albwardy Damen

Photo: Albwardy Damen

Albwardy Marine Engineering and Damen Shipyards Sharjah have officially brought both brands together under one umbrella. Under the new name, Albwardy Damen, the United Arab Emirates-based shipyard will continue to construct newbuild steel and aluminum vessels as well as provide the same ship repair services to its marine and oil and gas customers in the Middle East. Albwardy Marine Engineering was founded in 1978 and has been a joint venture with Damen Shipyards Group since 2008. In 2014 the official opening of Damen Shipyards Sharjah took place.

RoPax hull launched at Niron Staal - Damen

Damen Ropax 5212 Courtesy Damen

Marking the completion of the first new build contract between Niron Staal Amsterdam and Damen Shipyards Group, the hull of a RoPax 5212 passenger ferry hull has been launched from Niron Staal’s facilities in Amsterdam. Preparations for the launch started early on Tuesday morning when the finished hull was moved out of Niron Staal’s production hall on a multi-wheeled transporter. After travelling the short distance to the quayside, the ferry was transferred to a floating pontoon.

Damen books DAB Vloot ferry order

Inland Ferry Image Damen

The last newbuild order of 2016 for the Damen Shipyards Group was signed on the 31st of December with DAB Vloot of Belgium. The vessel will be a 25-metre ferry especially designed to carry vehicles and passengers across the canal linking Ghent and Terneuzen. Even though the journey time each way for the ferry will be little more than five minutes, the complex route and the minimal room for manoeuvre in the busy waterway means that she will be fitted with twin Voith Schneider propellers (cycloidal drives) to give her the agility required for safe and timely passages.

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.

Fisheries Research Vessel Ordered for Germany

(Image: Damen)

The German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the construction of a new fisheries research vessel following a European tendering process, realized by the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau, BAW). With the vessel, to be called the Walther Herwig, the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) will support Germany’s fisheries and oceanographic research programs.

Saqr Port Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo: Damen

Saqr Port, part of Rash Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports, has signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of an ASD 2913 tug. The vessel will be built a short distance away at Albwardy Damen in Sharjah and will be delivered in time for the opening of the new bulk terminal at Saqr Port in mid-2018. Saqr Port is a major bulk-handing port in the Middle East and a vital part of the regional economy. Located at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, it serves the fast-growing quarry industry in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

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…

New Dredger Goes to Work in Australia

Tommy Norton (Photo: Damen)

The Tommy Norton, a Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 built at Damen Shipyards Yichang has been officially delivered to her proud owner, Gippsland Ports. The first dredger to be built by Damen Shipyards Group for Australia, the 60-meter Tommy Norton has now started work to deliver safe and reliable ocean access for the commercial vessels, oil & gas suppliers and commercial fishing fleet that cross the entrance bar to the Gippsland Lakes area. The maintenance dredging also helps reduce the risk of flooding to local communities.

Damen ASD Tug for Mexico

ASD Tug 2411 Jesus  naming ceremony Photo Damen

Damen congratulates Reylaver on the safe arrival and naming ceremony of the new ASD Tug 2411 Jesus. In order to reach her owners, the vessel undertook, on her own keel, a significant voyage covering 10,500 nautical miles. Reylaver ordered the new vessel from Damen Shipyards Group in April 2015. After a successful construction phase at Damen Shipyards Changde, she made a major journey starting in Shanghai, via Japan to Dutch Harbor in Alaska, through the Panama Canal, all under her own keel, finally arriving Veracruz, Mexico on 9 June.

Damen Presents Decommissioning Vessels Concept

Damen Decommissioning Courtesy Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has announced its latest concept design: the Damen Decommissioning Series. The vessel will specialize in three core areas of the oil and gas decommissioning sector: topside decommissioning offshore platform removal, and subsea cleaning and removal. The design is based on in-house research carried out at Damen by one of its undergraduate interns. By inviting a considerable number of internships at its yards, Damen Shipyards Group contributes significantly to the maritime education system.

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.

Research Vessel Launched for Angolan Fisheries Ministry

Fishery Research Vessel 7417 Baía Farta (Photo: Damen)

On November 9, Damen Shipyards Galati launched Baía Farta, a new Fishery Research Vessel (FRV) 7417 for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. The vessel's sponsor was Dra. Isabel Cristóvão, director of Gabinete de Estudos, Planeamento e Estatística. The FRV 7417 is suited to various purposes, including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towing operations.

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.

Damen Shipyards Delivers Vessel to MC2

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered its first vessels to Marine Core & Charter LLC (MC2), a marine services company supporting the offshore energy sector in the Arabian Gulf. This is the first transaction between the two organisations and Damen is delighted to be setting out on what it hopes will be a productive and long-lasting relationship with MC2. The transaction is also a milestone as it represents the first deliveries of the Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 4008 class, Damen’s latest addition to its FCS range.

Damen Establishes Caribbean Repair Yard

René H. Berkvens, Damen Shipyards Group CEO; Eugene Rhuggenaath, Minister of Economic Development; and Getmar Caldera, Managing Director CDM Holding (Photo: Damen)

On Friday, September 9, the government of Curaçao and Damen Shipyards Group signed a concession agreement for the future operation of the current Curaçao Drydock Company, enabling Damen to establish a new company on Curaçao under the name Damen Shiprepair Curaçao. Damen said it expects to start up its operations in the two graven docks and on the available quays end October 2016. Part of the agreement consists of Damen bringing in extra capacity in the shape of a floating dock.

Damen Sells Shoalbuster to V.O.F. Sleepboot

(L- R) Mr. Jos van Woerkum Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, Mr. Willem-Harm Mastenbroek Owner and Managing Director of V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA from Wijk bij Duurstede. (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

On August 29 a contract was signed by Jos van Woerkum, Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, and Willem-Harm Mastenbroek, owner and managing director of V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA, for the delivery of a new Damen Shoalbuster 2709. Based in Wijk bij Duurstede in the Netherlands, the company has undertaken projects across north west Europe and as far east as the Caspian Sea. The new Shoalbuster is replacing a 30-meter, multipurpose, anchor handling tug and will be available for work all over the world.

Damen to Launch Composite Water Bus

(Photo: Damen)

Damen said it is set to launch its first composite Water Bus as the prototype undergoes sea trials in the next few weeks. According to the shipbuilder, the new vessel offers reduced fuel consumption, less maintenance, no corrosion or fatigue problems and is very robust. The new Water Bus has also been designed to limit noise and vibrations, making it more comfortable for passengers. “This is a prototype for the first of the new generation Damen Water Bus,” said Marcel Elenbaas, Damen Design & Proposal Engineer - Fast Ferries.

Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen vessels and experience some of them out on the water. The vessels on display included Multi Cats, a wide range of Stan Tugs, high-speed RHIBs, Pilot boats, Fast Crew Suppliers, fast Patrol Boats and pontoons.

Jawar Al Khaleej Orders Three Vessels

Bram Langeveld, Sales Director Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; René H. Berkvens, Chief Executive Officer, Damen Shipyards Group; Pascal Slingerland, Sales Manager Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; Mazin Yousif, Managing Director, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.; Mr. Lionel Ferreira, Commercial & Chartering Manager, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.

At this year’s Seatrade Maritime Middle East Exhibition taking place in Dubai, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC (JAK) signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the supply of three vessels: one Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and two ASD Tugs 3213. JAK is a provider of specialist services to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Gulf, delivering logistical support including oil terminal support services, towage and salvage, together with other integrated offshore solutions.

Six SAR Boats from Damen Shipyards Antalya

6  Damen SAR Boat Photo Damen

Damen has signed a contract with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ankara, Turkey for the supply of six, state-of- the-art Search and Rescue (SAR) vessels for delivery in 2017. The boats are being financed by the European Union and will be operated by the Turkish Coastguard (TURCG), to support the refugees and migrants rescue operations. The award-winning Damen SAR 1906 is a state-of- the-art SAR craft and is the result of a five-year R&D programme initiated by Damen in partnership with the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM)…

RoPax Ferry Takes Shape at Niron Staal

Keel-laying ceremony for RoPax Ferry (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Niron Staal, part of Damen Shipyards Group, has performed a keel-laying ceremony of the hull of a passenger ferry. On completion, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld will carry out the final outfitting work of the 5212 RoPax for an African client. “We are very proud to be working on this hull fabrication – this project really displays the added value of the years’ of experience that we have here,” comments Niron Staal Director Roland Berends. By providing this ‘head-start’ in hull construction…

Damen Delivers for Amsterdam Fire Department

Jan van der Heyde IV (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The City of Amsterdam Fire Department has taken delivery of its new firefighting vessel: the Jan van der Heyde IV. C-Job Naval Architects provided the concept design for the 17.6-meter vessel. Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld executed detailed design, engineering and vessel construction. The canals of Amsterdam are more than a world-famous tourist attraction. They also form an important part of the city’s infrastructure. For example, the interconnected system of canals has been long used by the Amsterdam Fire Department not only to access fires but also as a source of firefighting water.

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