Damen has delivered five vessels to Canada-based company Doornekamp Construction in a single shipment, including three tugboats.
The contract was signed earlier this year and includes three Stan Tugs 1205, a Stan Pontoon (barge) 7524 and a Shoalbuster 3209.
When considering the most efficient means of transportation for the vessels, it emerged they could also be towed by the Shoalbuster on board the barge.
This offered the owners of the Stan Tugs 1205 an extremely cost-effective means of delivery for their new vessels, the company said.
The shipment left Rotterdam on 27th October. In order to carry out the transportation as quickly as possible, Damen chartered a Shoalbuster from its long-standing client Van Wijngaarden Marine Services to tow the barge to Algeciras where it could meet up with Doornekamp’s Shoalbuster 3209.
The recent CETA trade agreement between the European Union and Canada meant that the shipment faced considerably reduced import duties. This agreement ensures customers in the region of easier, most cost-efficient access to vessels in the future.
Damen sales manager Jurriaan Daams said, “This has been an interesting process and one that demonstrates the synergy within the Damen Shipyards Group.
“It’s actually quite a complex process shipping multiple vessels to different clients on a single shipment like this. However, applying the synergy within our organisation we were able to get everything done in-house.
“For example, the commercial process was assisted by Damen Trading, the barge was docked at Damen Verolme, the Shoalbuster at Albwardy Damen in Sharjah and the Stan Tugs at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld before sailing, the towing wire and bridle were supplied by AKF and the tow carried out by Damen Marine Services.”