Olympia is the capital of Washington State and when 'Parthia', one of the port’s longest working and oldest tugs sank in Hood Canal in August 2017 members of the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association swung into action.
There’s a certain realism about the design of the HS Marine knuckleboom crane that’s been installed on the latest Wijngaarden Marine Services vessel.
Dutch towage provider Van Wijngaarden Marine Services BV has now taken delivery of what is the largest Damen Shoalbuster to date, the 3512 marque ‘Noordstroom’.
Van Wijngaarden Marine Services, based in Sliedrecht the Netherlands are demonstrating their faith in Damen’s Shoalbuster series of tugs with an order for what will be their fourth example, and a new model Shoalbuster.
Van Wijngaarden Marine Services has ordered a Shoalbuster 3512 from Damen Shipyards Group. The completely new design includes a larger bridge, an extensive working deck of 134m² and accommodation for up to 11 personnel.
In 1974 Wim van Wijngaarden founded Van Wijngaarden Marine Services and his company works worldwide. He has worked closely with Double D since 2007 when he ordered a boat at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld on which a Heila crane was installed. Wim explains this long and profitable relationship between these two Dutch companies.
The tugs and other vessels in the workboat fleet of Netherlands based Van Wijngaarden Marine Services (VWMS) have qualified for the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 certificate.
The Damen Shoalbuster ‘Dintlestroom’ and work-barge ‘MP3002’, the latest additions to the fleet of Dutch contractor Van Wijngaarden Marine Services, are to join the tug ‘Giessenstroom’ in the Falkland Islands.