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'Papillon' and 'Fregate' were named by local beauty queens (Dutch Dredging - Maritime Executive) 'Papillon' and 'Fregate' were named by local beauty queens (Dutch Dredging - Maritime Executive)

Boer Remorquage SARL has formally named two particularly interesting additions to the tug world, the shallow-draught ‘Papillon’ and ‘Fregate’, both vessels modified for additional dredging duties.

Boer Remorquage is a JV between Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage & Salvage and the Damen-built vessels will service a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane which will see them carrying out maintenance dredging work in addition to the usual ship-assist duties. They were named by two local beauty queens with Sarah Ringuet or Miss Kourou naming Papillon and Miss Guyane, Ruth Briquet naming the Fregate.

The versatility of modern workboats was evident recently when Den Helder-based Acta Marine along with Harlingen-based Foru Solutions organised an oil spill recovery demonstration at the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

The shallow-water characteristics of Acta Marine’s EuroCarrier 2209 multipurpose workboat Coastal Guardian was put to good use in the demonstration in front of representatives from the oil and gas and marine construction industries. Foru Solutions was demonstrating two different oil spill recovery skimmers, one of which is intended for more sheltered environments including rivers, lakes and harbours able to operate in waters as shallow as 75cm making the Coastal Guardian an ideal platform with its 1.52m minimum draught.

Iskes Towage & Salvage has announced an agreement with Holland Shipyards for the EDDY 30-65 tug Atlas to be based at Ijmuiden, part of the Iskes fleet.

The new deployment for the tug follows an extended period of operation in South America and is of interest in that Atlas will join its smaller sister tug from the family Telstar, a 75tbp EDDY 24 design from the ways of Holland Shipyards. The EDDY design has proved to be particularly suited to the confined spaces of the Ijmuiden lock system.

Since becoming part of the Damen Group, Galati shipyard has become a regular producer of a range of Damen’s products including tugs and it recently celebrated its 125th birthday.

The occasion was the annual Ziua Navalistului – Shipbuilder’s Day and was larger than usual as it incorporated a celebration of 100 years since Romanian unification as well as Damen Galati’s 125th anniversary. Around 7,000 people attended the event including current and former employees, the day being a family occasion including entertainment from a selection of bands and the party concluding with a firework display.

By Peter Barker

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