Damen’s Quick Containership Installation


Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF), part of Damen Shipyards Group and based in the Port of Rotterdam, has taken one day to supply and install anchor and chain to the 260 metre long, 4,253 TEU container vessel Benedict Schulte.

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Laurens van Gelder, General Manager at AFK, said: “We used a combination of Damen’s technical know-how, expertise and heavy lifting equipment and took just one day to collect the anchor and chain from the Damen Anchor & Chain Factory, ship it to the vessel and install it while the vessel was unloading.

“Good communication was key. It was the first time we’ve worked on the ship but the project shows that we can complete jobs of this type easily with a quick response time.”

Frank Wilhelm Heidrich, Managing Director of Ocean Ship Management, said: “The accurate response of Damen Anchor & Chain Factory and the wide range of stock and technical solutions offered to us resulted in a quick and high quality installation of the anchor, and chain equipment has resulted in zero downtime of our vessel.”

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Fact File: AKF was a supplier of marine anchors, anchor chains and accessories. AKF has the capability to make fully-certified, custom-built towing chains. The facility is located on the premises of Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam and continually strives to expand its ambitions and set new goals with the aim of finding new ways to serve customers and support their business objectives.

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