Kristiansund Taubåtservice, the Norwegian supplier of coastal and offshore transport services, has taken delivery of a Damen Stan Pontoon® 4113. Kristiansund Taubåtservice provides a wide range of offshore services including towage, berthing assistance, salvage and barge operations. 41 metres in length and 13 metres across, the Stan Pontoon joins the company’s existing fleet of three barges.
Kjetil Kvande Hansen at Kristiansund Taubåtservice AS comments; “We had been in the market for a heavy duty pontoon for a while, but when the timeframe suddenly narrowed, only Damen could deliver a pontoon on time and with the correct specifications.”
In fact, the 4113 was delivered from stock available in Rotterdam. It was built in China and delivered as part of one of Damen’s regular shipments of pontoons of various sizes to Rotterdam. From there they are available at short notice for clients in Europe, Africa and even America.
“With vessels in stock in Rotterdam, ” continues Kjetil Kvande Hansen, “we could inspect and choose from various models, but it soon became clear that the Stan Pontoon 4113 met all our specific requirements.”
The 4113 has a maximum deadweight on 980 tonnes, 536 m² of deck space and a maximum deck load of 10 tonnes/m². Like all Damen products, standardised Stan Pontoons are also designed to take a range of additional options. In this case Kristiansund Taubåtservice AS ordered six ramp panels which add an extra level of accessibility to the pontoon. Measuring 1.5 x 12 metres, each has flaps to ensure a smooth run over the ramps. Before delivery the barge was docked and thoroughly checked to ensure its compliance with Damen’s quality standards.
Kjetil Kvande Hansen concludes; “The Damen sales department, together with the technical staff, were very professional and service-minded. This made the purchase and contract process both pleasant and efficient.”
Damen has delivered 37 pontoons over the past two years, with production taking place at Damen Yards worldwide. The largest custom built pontoon by Damen to date is a 140 x 40 metre version capable of transporting modules up to 17, 000 tonnes in weight for a LNG greenfield project in Australia. However, alongside custom projects Damen’s real strong point is the building of standardised barges capable of undertaking successful projects like the Stan Pontoon® for Kristiansund.
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 approx. 160 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, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 15 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.
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