The delivery of the ‘Aquarius-G’ and her sister ship ‘Astra-G’ to offshore services company Rederij Groen marked a milestone in Offshore Support Vessel construction. Never before, such Chasers have been purpose-built.
The vessels have been designed by Saltwater Engineering in close cooperation with both Rederij Groen and Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Both Seismic Research Support Vessels were constructed by Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, part of Damen Shipyards Group.
“Indeed, all our other SRS Chaser vessels so far involve converted fishing trawlers”, Henk Groen, director and proprietor of offshore company Rederij Groen notes about his new twins. “Having designed them to our specific needs right from the drawing board, significantly enhances the vessels’ deployability and performance. Their sharply reduced sway and manoeuvrability are just two examples”, Mr Groen adds.
The ‘Aquarius-G’ and sistership ‘Astra-G&rs... [More]
Damen Shipyards Group introduces its newly designed Damen AHTS 200, a versatile deepwater Anchor Handling Tug Supplier able to operate in water depths in excess of 3,000 m. The AHTS 200 is the latest addition to the ongoing Damen Offshore Series.
Following the company’s ambitions to increase its market share in the offshore industry, Damen heavily invests in designing state of the art vessels for several offshore sub-markets, noticeably the Offshore Support, Offshore Wind, (Seismic) Research and Transport & Installation industries. Backed by ample R&D and engineering capacity, its own construction yards, specialized partner yards and a rapid expanding service organisation, Damen feels confident that the chosen approach will be successful.
The typical Damen design philosophy, featuring values like safety, functionality, standardisation, modularisation, ease of maintenance and overall quality, can also be found in the Damen AHTS 200. An extensive research analy... [More]
This month Damen Shipyards, Netherlands delivered the second FCS 2610 High Speed Support Vessel to the British company Marineco UK Ltd.with a further two to be delivered in 2012. This Twin Axe vessel has gained popularity due to its remarkable seakeeping qualities allowing faster transits to and from offshore windfarms in bad weather. The design features a catamaran hull with Damen=s unique Sea Axe Bow, cutting through waves rather than riding over them, making for a much more comfortable passage. Peak accelerations are reduced by up to 75 per cent, resistance in calm water by up to 15 per cent and by up to 60 per cent in rough seas when compared to a conventional catamaran hull of similar displacement.It has a crew of up to four persons and 12 passengers. The hull and superstructure are aluminum and the LOA is 86 ft (26.3 m). Twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines of 895 kW each give a top speed of 27 kn and cruising speed of 20 kn with a range of 1210 nm. [More]