Kazakhstan state vessel operator Kazmortransflot has completed its vessel newbuilding programme to boost its marine and offshore support services in the northern Caspian Sea region. It has taken delivery of a third Damen Shoalbuster 2709.
Damen Shipyards gained a contract for three of these vessels in July 2017 and they were built at its Gorinchem shipyard in the Netherlands. The third of these, named Irgiz, was officially delivered on 15 March this year. It joins Emba and Talas, which were handed over to Kazmortransflot on 5 September 2017.
Shoalbuster 2709 duties will include towing structures and other vessels, assisting ships, navigational assistance, the planting and handling of anchors, and other auxiliary ship duties.
They were designed with draughts suitable for operations in the shallow waters of the Caspian Sea. They each have a top speed of more than 11 knots and a bollard pull of more than 40 tonnes.
Kazmortransflot, which is owned by state-run KazMunaiGas, operates a fleet of modern tankers and support vessels in the Caspian region.
Damen Shipyards Group operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 10,000 people worldwide. This group has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries. It builds around 160 vessels each year.