A family-run Dutch vessel owner has ordered a newbuilding for a wide range of coastal and offshore construction and maintenance
Van Wijngaarden Marine Services is expanding its fleet with a new multipurpose workboat with dynamic positioning capabilities.
It has ordered the 30-m vessel from Damen Shipyards’ Hardinxveld facilities in the Netherlands.
This will be built to a Damen Multi Cat 3013 design, one of the largest in the range of multicats that Damen builds, and will be named Kilstroom. It will have a bollard pull of 38 tonnes and will be fitted with a dynamic positioning system along with additional customisations.
Kilstroom will be a multi-function vessel with twin, heavy-duty cranes, rugged fendering, all-round visibility, extensive deck space and shallow draught.
Van Wijngaarden Marine Services managing director Peter van Wijngaarden said Kilstroom will support marine construction, towage, dredging and offshore windfarm operations.
“This move is the result of discussions with our customers who are encouraging us to broaden the range of services we offer and prefer to use multicats for certain projects,” he said.
“Kilstroom will complement and enhance our Shoalbusters, with the two types of vessel capable of working together very effectively on a variety of assignments,” Mr van Wijngaarden added.
He expects this multicat to be delivered six months from the contract signing, which happened in August 2019.
“It will be our first vessel with dynamic positioning, which adds an additional level of new capability,” said Mr van Wijngaarden.
Other Damen contracts and deliveries:
Dynamic positioning on different vessel types will be discussed at Riviera’s European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London, 4 February 2020