Just down river from Damen Song Cam Shipyard, SAL Heavy Lift’s MV Svenja departed from Halong Bay loaded with 14 vessels. The shipment consists primarily of built-for-stock vessels – Stan Pontoons and Tugs – which will be available for immediate purchase on arrival in Rotterdam in October.
MV Svenja’s voyage began in Shanghai on 30 August when she started loading eight Stan Pontoons that were built at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China. This first load includes Stan Pontoons 4113, 4111, 4512, 5211 and 6316.
The 12,975 DWT SAL Heavy Lift vessel then sailed to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam to pick up six tugs that were built at Damen Song Cam Shipyard.
The sailing itinerary involves sailing around the Cape of Good Hope instead of the shorter Suez Canal route. Despite this longer route towards Europe, MV Svenja’s ability to steam at an average of 18.5 to 19 knots will result in a shorter overall transit time; a significant factor in meeting Damen’s delivery schedules. The final destination is Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with arrival expected 15October.
Striving for efficiency
“Transporting multiple vessels on one heavy-lift ship makes the whole delivery process as efficient as possible,” informs Damen Service Coordinator Heavy Lift Rimmert Berlijn. “This, in turn, allows us to keep our prices as low and as competitive as possible.”
While the success of this strategy is proven – last year, for example, 38 vessels were transported in two separate transports – Damen is a company that is renowned for its efforts to improve its already proficient operations. “We are continually looking for better options: ways to make things even more efficient.”
Such a vessel transport requires precision planning. Most notably, in terms of building vessels for stock, Damen sales teams and product groups carefully analyse a wide range of customer and market requirements. Consequently, the company is in a position to offer ship owners swift deliveries of competitively priced vessels.
It is also crucial that the logistics of such a transport is accurately planned. “On this subject, we are happy to work once again with SAL Heavy Lift,” continues Mr Berlijn. “Their technical abilities and seamanship skills are essential when it comes to designing and executing optimal stowage and lashing solutions for such a voyage. What’s more, they are experienced with our standards and our products. The cooperation that we have is always smooth and pleasant.”
SAL Heavy Lift will divide the Stan Pontoon loading between the MV Svenja’s 107.10×17.00×13.70-metre cargo hold and 128.50×27.50-metre main deck. All six tugs will be loaded on the main deck.
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 16 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.