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April 10, 2016

Damen AKF delivers and installs anchor and chain on-board container vessel

Port of Rotterdam-based Damen Anchor and Chain Factory (AKF) has delivered and installed anchor and chain to the Thomas Schulte Group's container vessel, Benedict Schulte.

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Port of Rotterdam-based Damen Anchor and Chain Factory (AKF) has delivered and installed anchor and chain to the Thomas Schulte Group’s container vessel, Benedict Schulte.

The delivery included installed equipment comprising 87mm of anchor chain and a 9,225kg AC-14 type anchor.

AKF’s delivery and installation of the equipment into the container vessel resulted in zero downtime of the vessel, since it was already unloading at the Uniport terminal at Waalhaven, Rotterdam.

“We used a combination of Damen’s technical know-how, expertise and heavy lifting equipment, and took just one day.”

AKF general manager Laurens van Gelder said: "We used a combination of Damen’s technical know-how, expertise and heavy lifting equipment, and took just one day to collect the anchor and chain from the Damen Anchor and Chain Factory, ship it to the vessel and install it while the vessel was unloading."

The prompt delivery and installation of the equipment on-board the vessel is said to have been facilitated by communication and collaboration between Ocean Ship Management, responsible for the maintenance of Benedict Schulte, AKF, and its relationships with businesses within the Port of Rotterdam.

The package delivery has also been supported by AKF’s on-site partner Karel van Berghem.

Built in the year 2009, the container vessel Benedict Schulte measures a length of 260m with a width of 32.25m.

The 4,253 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel has displacement of 51,757t.

Earlier this week, Damen Shipyards Group has been selected by towage operator Svitzer to provide four ATD 2412 tugs as part of the latter’s ongoing fleet renewal programme.


Image: Damen supplied and installed anchor and chain onboard container vessel in a day. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.

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