Work is about to start on the first of a new class of vessel from Netherlands-headquartered shipbuilder Damen; the UV2410. This multi-role platform is the result of extensive consultation with customers active in the aquaculture industry in the UK and Norway.
For these customers it was important that the rule length of the new vessel be no more than 24-metres and, for UK customers in particular, that it fits within the 200 Gross Tonnage limit. Feedback indicated that within that length maximum possible protected deck space and good seakeeping were top priorities, along with ample accommodation.
Utility Vessel 2410 delivers all these requirements and more besides. “With the wide beam of 9.5 metres and minimal superstructure this vessel provides 120 m² of unobstructed deck space, yet still has comfortable accommodation for up to six crew. The design is optimised for a wide range of roles including maintenance support, oil recovery, diving support, buoy handling, safety stand-by, ROV support, surveying and much more” said Lodewijk van Os, Product Director Workboats.
“It is also ideal for aquaculture, with easy access to the waterline amidships via steps and a three-metre opening in the bulwark, and the capability of mounting dedicated equipment including up to two cranes. In fact, the deck is pretty much ready for anything; A-frames, winches, davits for rescue boats, task-specific containers and many other types of equipment can be quickly added and removed as the vessel receives new assignments.”
The Utility Vessel 2410 shares many of the features of other vessels from Damen’s workboat ranges. As well as for aquaculture companies, Damen envisages that the 2410 will find customers in port authorities, governmental organisations, marine contractors and anyone involved in varied, water-based maintenance operations.
By Jake Frith