Shipbuilding: New Diving Bell Ship for WSA

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

January 29, 2019

Diving bell ship Carl Straat (Photo: Damen)

Diving bell ship Carl Straat (Photo: Damen)

WSA Koblenz (WasserSchiffahrtsAmbt) awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract to build a new diving bell ship, a vessel which will succeed an existing vessel – the Carl Straat, which has been in operation since 1963. The new vessel, like her predecessor, will operate in the River Rhine and its tributaries.

"The new modern diving bell ship is a unique specimen," said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Heinrich Witte, President of the Directorate General for WSA Koblenz. "On the Rhine and its tributaries, this special vessel is needed to search for and recover lost cargo or wreckage. In addition, it will be used for important work on the river bed or for construction inspections."

The ship can also be used to produce barrel anchors in the gravel or rocky area and to carry out sampling by drilling with nitrogen icing. The modern diving bell system including the lifting device makes it possible for the ship to be able to travel on the Rhine and its tributaries and to operate without lowering the water level.

Damen will build the vessel at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, with delivery scheduled for 2020.

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