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Loading the vessels in Ha Long Bay (Photo: Damen) Loading the vessels in Ha Long Bay (Photo: Damen)
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Netherlands-headquartered Damen Shipyards Group has just undertaken its largest transportation of stock vessels to date. Upon arrival in Europe later this month, the mixture of completed vessels, serving several industries, will be ready for immediate sale and can swiftly be put into operation.

Damen has already sold a number of the vessels being transported. Amongst these are two Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 to be used at North Sea offshore windfarms. The transport is a welcome opportunity to accommodate the requirements of clients on the west coasts of Africa and Europe looking for smaller tugs and pontoons. By having a global spread of strategic stock available, Damen claims it always ensures short delivery times of popular vessels.

The list of vessels was reached with a close eye on the needs of clients in Scandinavia, Western Europe and Africa. Rimmert Berlijn, Damen Service Coordinator Heavy Lift, explained: “We took a lot of time to carefully consider what vessel types we would transport, and in what numbers, in order to best serve the requirements of a wide range of clients.”

Following the initial load-out and embarkation from Shanghai, the transport made calls at the Vietnamese ports of Hai Phong and Da Nang and at Singapore to collect additional vessels. Included in the transport are Damen ASD Tugs 2310, 2411 and 3212, Stan Tugs 1606, 1004 and 1907, Stan Pontoons 5213 and 3011 and the above mentioned FCS 2610 vessels.

As a result of this large-scale, multiple vessel transport, Damen says that clients active in various industries such as fish farming, heavy lifting, contracting work, harbour assistance and dredging will benefit from reduced shipping costs.

By Jake Frith

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