Damen Strategically Positions Tugs in Europe

SAL Heavy Lift's MV Lone completes batch shipment of twelve vessels

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By MarEx 2017-08-11 12:22:42

The latest Damen vessel transport has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The multiple vessel shipment comprises various Damen Tugs and one Multi Cat that have been constructed at Damen’s yards in Vietnam. The vessels were transported on board the SAL Heavy Lift vessel MV Lone.

Consisting of two Stan Tugs 2608, three ASD Tugs 2411, four ASD Tugs 2810, two ASD Tugs 3212 and a Multi Cat 1908, the shipment is a strategic positioning of built-for-stock vessels in Europe. In line with market needs, Damen has herewith strengthened its ability to offer clients and operators in Europe, Western Africa and Central America swift deliveries of vessels built to the company’s renowned level of quality.

Choosing to transport multiple vessels on board a heavy lift vessel is not a new strategy for Damen; the company has brought this into effect on numerous occasions in the past. The success of this customer-focused approach lies in the increased efficiency of moving vessels to where the markets need them. Furthermore, Damen has developed a system of modular vessel cradles that, in combination with integrated lifting points on the tugs, results in safe and efficient loading and unloading of the vessels.

Right ship for the job

SAL Heavy Lift has supported Damen with engineered heavy lift transport solutions on numerous occasions. A notable example of this is last year’s transport of Stan Pontoons and Tugs from Damen yards in China and Vietnam. This shipment of 14 vessels was transported by SAL’s MV Svenja.

“SAL Heavy Lift has once again proved itself a strong partner to Damen by transporting these twelve vessels with our type-183 vessel MV Lone,” states Justin Archard, Corporate Director Commercial with SAL Heavy Lift. “With a combinable lift capacity of 2,000 tonnes, more than 3,300m² deck space and a hold size of 107.1 x 17 x 13.7 metres, MV Lone is the right ship for the job of transporting these vessels safely and rapidly from Vietnam to the Netherlands.”

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of sixteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.

For further information, please see www.damen.com, or contact:

Ben Littler, Communications Advisor / +31 (0) 183 65 5546 / +31 (0) 610 46 5742 / ben.littler@damen.com

Ilona van der Zalm, Communications Advisor / +31 (0) 183 65 4631 / +31 (0) 620 44 5648 / ilona.van.der.zalm@damen.com

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