Damen Shipyards Group receives contract to build 19 shallow draught vessels


Damen Shipyards Group has received an order to develop 19 specially customised shallow draught vessels for German heavy-lift company Combi Lift.

The vessels will be used to transport heavy-lift cargo for the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project, located in the Russian Far East.

Damen will deliver four Multi Cats 2608SD, four Pusher Tugs 2612SD, seven Stan Pontoons 8916SD and four Side Floaters 8605SD under the contract.

Combi Lift has the responsibility to transport more than 176,000t of cargo at the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project, from different production locations through sea to Russia and also via the Amur and Zeya Rivers to the end-destination.

Damen will design the vessels according to the demanding scale of the work, and will also take into consideration local geographical conditions.

"We have worked closely with Damen to guarantee to the suitability of all these vessel designs, and now we are looking forward to the next phase of this project."

The company noted that it is making multiple adaptations to these vessels from its standardised portfolio, including a reduction of weight and lengthening / widening them to achieve reduced draught and increased buoyancy.

Additionally, a raisable wheelhouse will be mounted to provide a clear and safe overview of the deck and cargo.

The Side Floaters 8605SD will be used as lateral ballastable buoyancy modules after loading with cargo to obtain a shallow draught for the Stan Pontoons.

Combi Lift CEO Heiko Felderhoff said: “A project as challenging as this demands some very dependable vessels.

“We have worked closely with Damen to guarantee to the suitability of all these vessel designs, and now we are looking forward to the next phase of this extensive and exciting project.”

The vessels will be built at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands.