EmpresaPortuaria Nacional (EPN), the Nicaraguan port authority, is all set to take delivery of two newbuilds from Damen Shipyards Group. To meet the client’s requirements, Damen has executed a swift, efficient turnaround of the order. The vessels, a Damen Stan Tug 2608 and a Cutter Suction Dredger CSD350 are completed and underway. Damen has built both vessels at its yards in the Netherlands.
Damen Sales Manager Pieter Becker signed the contract for the Stan Tug 2608 on 2 September this year, during a maritime trade mission to Nicaragua organised by the Netherlands Council for Trade. The contract for the dredger followed shortly afterwards on 15 November.
Mr Becker: “For the client, the delivery time was the most important factor. Building proven vessels from stock, we’ve been able to meet EPN’s requirements very quickly.”
The Stan Tug 2608, named El Danto, was built at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. She is currently on her way to Nicaragua, sailing on her own keel and is expected to arrive in the country’s largest port, Puerto Corinto, on 26 December.
“The port already has smaller Damen tugs in its fleet, ” says Mr Becker. “Now, though, they need a more powerful harbour tug, to work with the largest vessels the port handles. The Stan Tug 2608, with a 47 tonne bollard pull, is a perfect fit for the job.”
Damen built the CSD350 at Damen Dredging Equipment Nijkerk. The vessel is travelling to Nicaragua disassembled, with loose parts in containers. The dredger is expected to arrive in the country at the end of January 2015, after which she will be assembled and launched.
“EPN will put the vessel to work on a number of projects, ” states Mr Becker. “These include maintenance work in Puerto Corinto, on several rivers and on Lake Managua.”
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 approximately160 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.