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Norwegian aquaculture workboat marks Damen entry

Damen designs well-suited for Norway’s coast

Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for a Multi Cat 2712 from Norwegian owner Samba AS based in Os (Bergen). The vessel will be the first new build from Damen’s proven range of workboats to operate in Norway’s large aquaculture and oil spot market industry.

Living up to Damen’s reputation for fast delivery from stock, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands will deliver the vessel in June after completing a number of client-specified customisations. The contract was signed on 8 May at the yard.

The Multi Cat 2712 will be the third in Samba’s fleet of workboats. Samba’s Technical Manager, Eirik Haugland, says “This new vessel will be a beneficial addition to our growing fleet. She is rigged to carry out mooring and maintenance work in the aquaculture industry and will also be used in the oil industry’s spot market. We are very pleased with the fast delivery of the Multi Cat 2712 from Damen, which included time for the vessel to be customised with our own specifications.”

Last year Samba acquired its second vessel, a Damen MultiCat 2409, named Molly from its original British owner. She is on a 3+1 year contract treating salmon with hydrogen peroxide, a treatment for lice and amoebic gill disease. MS Molly is also used for mooring jobs in the salmon industry. The MS Samba, is on a 2+1 year contract, also operating in the same industry.

Fast delivery Damen workboats
According to Damen Sales Manager in Stavanger, Remko Hottentot, the aquaculture industry can benefit from Damen’s standardised platforms for versatile and reliable workboats.

“The Damen Multi Cat range is one of our most trusted and proven products, available for fast delivery from stock,” Remko says. “And this order shows client-specific personal touches are no problem. The vessels are highly suited to the aquaculture market, for carrying out day-to-day work such as transport of personnel/equipment and maintenance. These kind of workboats are our core business and we also have a very effective global service network.”

Wide range of stock and new designs
Other vessels available from stock include Damen barges, Damen Tugs and Damen Shoalbusters. All very well-suited to Norway’s coastal waters and the multi-purpose Damen Shoalbuster has impressive lifting capacity and ample deck space for cargo transport.

Damen has also recently developed a number of specialised designs suited to fish farming. These include the new Damen Utility Vessel (UV) Series. The UV2411 can aptly handle a wide variety of fish farming operations as well as buoy laying, survey & research work, diving operations, fire fighting, pollution control, and maintenance works. In addition, Damen Shipyards Den Helder has recently developed vessels dedicated for the aquaculture market both multihull and monohull and with a 14.99m LOA.

Damen’s global network of yards meaning short deliveries to Norway as well as other leading aquaculture markets such as the Faroe Islands, Canada, UK/Scotland and Chile.

Damen Multi Cat – a versatile workboat
The Multi Cat, another Damen invention dating four decades back, is a highly successful all-round workhorse. Today, MuC’s around the world with Bureau Veritas Unrestricted Navigation and IVW Unrestricted Service steadily perform the duties they are designed for in a variety of markets, such as dredging and offshore wind. From anchor, pipeline or cutter-head handling and repair, to transporting fuel, supplies, spare parts and crew transport to wind turbines. The larger Multi Cats can be equipped with Dynamic Positioning e.g. DP2. From shifting dredgers from one location to another to assisting cable-laying barges – a Multi Cat can be deployed for many river, inshore and offshore tasks. ‘Multi Cat’ is a patented design and literally stands for a Multi-purpose vessel with Caterpillar engines. MuCs have a large working deck, one or two cranes and both a stern and bow roller.


2014-06-02

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Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 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.

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