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Keel laying ceremony Maersk Supply Service subsea support vessel

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_DSC9940New-build Damen Offshore Carrier 8500 Reaches Key Stage

Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean UK and Damen have held the keel laying ceremony of Maersk Supply Service’s new subsea support vessel at Damen Shipyards Galati (Romenia).

On Wednesday, November 12th, a key milestone was achieved in the progress of the new-building project, when the formal keel laying ceremony took place at Damen Shipyards Galati. In keeping with shipbuilding tradition, a commemorative plaque incorporating 3 special coins was welded to a corridor section of building block number 116.

The ceremony was attended by the shipyard workforce attached to the project, alongside representatives from Damen, Maersk, DeepOcean and Lloyd’s Register, who certified the milestone achievement.

CarstenPlougmann Andersen, CEO of Maersk Supply Service, said: “Keel laying of this vessel is the very physical evidence of Maersk Supply Service strengthening our position in the Sub Sea Support vessel market. We are looking very much forward to continuing the good cooperation with all involved parties toachieve delivery in February 2016.”

Remko Bouma, Damen Sales Manager adds: “The ceremony is an important milestone which we have reached on time. It shows our commitment to the agreements. Considering the way we have worked together so far, we are confident thatwe will deliver the DOC 8500 Cable Layer in time.”

“This next generation cable lay vessel in combination with our survey and trenching capabilities will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets. The versatile new vessel will be well suited for installation and burial projects using its 7, 000 tonne carousel from land-fall to deepwater and also in remote geographical locations.The vessel is designed to meet the high standards demanded by North Sea Oil and Gas customers. We are delighted to be working with Maersk Supply Service and Damen to bring this high capability vessel to the market, ”Tony Inglis, DeepOcean UK managing director ends.

Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 ship- and repair yards, employing 8, 000 people worldwide.Damen has delivered more than 5, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approximately180 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. Finally, 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 and conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres.Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to meet today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures.DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.


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