Cooperative design yields new Damen vessel

Friday, 23 October, 2015 - 10:30
A close working relationship between Delta Marine and the Damen Shipyards Group has produced a new vessel design – called a Damen Renewables Service Vessel 3315. (Graphic: Damen)
A close working relationship between Delta Marine and the Damen Shipyards Group has produced a new vessel design – called a Damen Renewables Service Vessel 3315. (Graphic: Damen)

The close working relationship between Delta Marine and the Damen Shipyards Group has produced a new vessel design – called a Damen Renewables Service Vessel 3315. The Scotland-based offshore wind service provider recently awarded Damen a construction contract looking towards a launch in early 2017.

The Renewables Service Vessel 3315 is said to be able to take on a lot of the work larger offshore construction vessels currently perform. It will have full DP2 capability and, thanks to a wide deck, will be able to fit a cable lay carousel, work class ROVs or cable trenching machines. The vessel will also be fitted with two large HS Marine cranes and a 4-point mooring system.

Following fabrication of the hull in Poland, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands will complete the final outfitting process. The launch is scheduled for Q1 2017.

“For the last couple of years we’ve been working on this new design with Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld,” says Delta Marine General Manager Dave McNaughtan. “We came up with concepts – gave them to Damen, who would put those ideas on the drawing board. They gave their expertise – adding the engineering for example – and then came back to us.”

"Client feedback is very important to us," says Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld Managing Director Jos van Woerkum. “Damen are very good at developing their vessels,” continues McNaughtan. “Even their established vessels like Multi Cats and Shoalbusters are continually getting better.” The new design, having evolved from a Multi Cat, proves his point: “We have changed the design by moving the wheelhouse forward and leaving the aft deck open. Crucially, we’ve managed to keep it under the 500-tonne mark. This was a critical factor – one that will help keep the costs down.”

Katharina Garus / Damen

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