At the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam, Multraship and Damen signed a contract for the build and delivery of two Damen Stan Launch 804s. The new launches will be operated by Multraship subsidiaries Montis Mooring Boatservice BV and Verenigde Bootlieden BV.
Verenigde Bootlieden BV and Montis Mooring Boatservice BV provide boatmen and other specialist marine services in the port of Terneuzen, the Netherlands. The new acquisitions will provide among others line handling services in the Terneuzen port area.
According to Damen, “The 8.62-metre Stan Launch 804s are specially modified versions of the class. Integrated into the design are upgrades designed to maximise their capabilities in the specialised terminal environment, based on their operators’ long experience. With an emphasis on manoeuvrability and power, the changes include increasing the standard bollard pull from 1.4 tonnes to 3.2 tonnes, adding an 11kW bow thruster, a ø900 mm nozzle propeller and more than doubling the installed power to 182 kW. Other features include Mampaey quick-release towing hooks, capstans with a pull force of 750 kg to manage heavy mooring ropes, and anti-slip wooden decks. The new launches will have further modifications based on more recent experiences. Most notably, the air draft will be further decreased to less than 2.75 metres to give additional manoeuvrability beneath the terminal jetties and in other confined spaces.”
Towage and marine services company Smit Lamnalco has ordered four Damen ASD 3212 tugs – all for delivery next year.
Making the announcement at the Europort Exhibition in Rotterdam, Smit Lamnalco CEO Mauro Fernando Sales said, “We decided to invest in four new Damen ASD tugs following the recent award of two important contracts – one in Australia and the other in Oman. The move to acquire more Damen vessels is in line with our mission to standardise our fleet and to provide high quality, reliable vessels, which is particularly important given the challenging environments our vessels often operate in.”
Smit Lamnalco, headquartered in Rotterdam, has been a longstanding client of Damen Shipyards and has 55 Damen vessels in its fleet.
Two of the new Damen ASD 3212 tugs will head for the mining town of Weipa in Queensland, Australia in the third quarter of 2018, where they will be deployed on a Rio Tinto project.
Jeroen van Woerkum, Damen Shipyards Sales Manager Benelux, emphasises, “Smit Lamnalco has been a customer of Damen for many years, appreciating the experience and quality offered by the company. Additionally, in this particular case, the end-customer Rio Tinto had a strong preference for Damen ASD tugs for its project in Weipa. It was vital that we could deliver these vessels quickly from stock.”
In Oman, the two Damen ASD 3212 tugs will work at a terminal operated by the Oman India Fertiliser Company S.A.O.C (OMIFCO) in the Port of Sur. These tugs are due to be delivered in June 2018 and will be operated by the joint venture Bahwan Lamnalco Company (BLC).
Sea News, November 10