Leading towage and salvage operator Multraship has taken delivery of the first of two customised Damen Stan Launch 804s vessels for its linehandling and boatmen service companies in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. Verenigde Bootlieden B.V. and Montis Mooring & Boatservice B.V. will use the highly manoeuvrable vessels to support safe and effective port operations.
In December Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands delivered the first Stan Launch 804s, Montis 5, and the second vessel, VB 2, will be deliveredin early February after 16 weeks under construction.
“We had some very specific demands for these vessels, ” says Pepijn Nuijten from Multraship Towage & Salvage. “We wanted manoeuvrability and flexibility for working in confined spaces, but with the extra power to work as a tug with pusher bow.”
Customising with an eye for detail
Although Multraship is already an important client for Damen, the contract for the two Stan Launch 804s vessels is the first forMultraship’sboatmen services.To meet the client’s requirements, Damen’s design and engineering team atits Maaskantyard customised the proven 8.62-metreStan Launch 804 design – increasing the standard bollard pull from 1.4 tonnes to 3.2 tonnes, adding an11kW bow thruster, a ø900mm nozzle propeller and more than doubling the installed power to 182kW.
“Multraship is a very experienced client and definitely has an eye for detail, ” says Project Engineer John van der Maas. “Together with the client, we put a lot of effort into developing special solutions with what I’d say is a really perfectionist approach. These are very well-thought out vessels and the Montis 5 has performed very well so far.”
Additional client specifications include limitingthe air draught to a maximum of 2.75 metres so that the vessels can escape under open pier structures if necessary. The mast can be quickly folded to further reduce air draught. The vessels have been customised to handle the size and weight of mooring lines on large seagoing ships and are fitted with Mampaey quick-release towing hooks. A capstan with a pull force of 750 kg has been installed to help the crew with heavy mooring ropes, etc. With an anti-slip wooden deck, the Stan Launches canalso safely transport cargo up to 450kg.
Proven designs in Stan Launch range
Damen’s Stan Launch range of harbour tugs has three proven designs – compact and powerful with high stability and manoeuvrability. The standardised range can be delivered quickly from stock.
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 approximately 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. 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.