Damen Shipyards has shipped another batch of tugs, pontoons and workboats from its yards in China to Europe.
The company intends to prepare them for sale during Q4 2018, after their arrival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 28 October.
Damen contracted heavy lift ship, Tasmanic Winter, to transport 24 vessels from its shipyards in Changde and Yichang across the Northern Sea Route around the Arctic coast of Siberia and Russia to the Netherlands.
The batch included a selection of Damen’s azimuth stern drive (ASD) and Stan tugs, incorporating tugs of ASD 2411, ASD 2009, ASD 3010 ICE and Stan 1606 designs and Stan 4512 pontoons.
Also on board Tasmanic Winter were a number of smaller tug models, plus two Stan 804 launches and Multi Cat 1506 vessels.
Damen builds stock vessels in shipyards in Asia and transports them in batches to the Netherlands. In this batch, most will be ready for sale to customers seeking the shortest possible delivery times, including customisation when required.
This is the first time a Damen shipment has used the Northern Sea Route along Russia’s north coast, which reduces the journey time by up to eight days compared with the traditional southern route.
This is Damen’s second batch-shipment in 2018. In April, SAL heavy lift vessel Lone arrived in Rotterdam from Shanghai with 11 Damen pontoons on board ranging in size from 41 to 72 m in length.