In March, Maritime Craft Services (MCS) took delivery of a new Damen Shoalbuster 2609. Damen has delivered numerous Crew Transfer Vessels, Multicats, and Shoalbusters to MCS – the two companies have a long-standing relationship. What is notable, however, about this latest delivery is the incredibly short delivery time involved.
MCS owner Dirk Kuijt and Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld managing director Jos van Woerkum signed the contract on 12 March and just eight days later, MCS took delivery. “Such a fast delivery time demonstrates the trust that Damen and MCS have with each other, ” explains Mr Van Woerkum. “We had the vessel in stock, so it was a case of getting the classification organised. Between Damen and MCS, a handshake means a lot.”
“The fast delivery was very important to us, ” comments Mr Kuijt. “This wouldn’t have been possible without such a good relationship with Damen.” The Shoalbuster 2609, named MCS Rosie, has a couple of minor modifications to the standard design. Her 32t bollard pull is slightly more powerful than the standard design due to her increased engine capacity. There were also alterations made to the deck crane.
The 26 metre long MCS Rosie is currently in Abu Dhabi, already preparing for her first job in Qatar providing support services to the dredging industry. “We are very pleased to provide MCS with this rapid service. I am confident that we can continue our cooperation with them in the future, ” concludes Mr Van Woerkum.
MCS is a family owned company and some of its fleet carry the names of family members. This latest vessel is no exception and continues the tradition: MCS Rosie shares her name with MCS Managing Director Menno Kuijt’s baby daughter.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of Services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. To complete, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, (flap-type) rudders, steering gear, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420×80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.