Damen has started construction of a new Shoalbuster vessel for Netherlands-based Van Wijngaarden Marine Services.
With a gross registered tonnage of 498t, the new 5m-long and 2.9m-wide Shoalbuster 3512 will have an extensive working deck of 134m² and be capable to accommodate up to 11 personnel.
The propulsion system of the vessel will be based on three engines delivering 2,910bKW at 1,800rpm and the middle engine will be set up to supplement the twin gensets when additional power is needed.
Van Wijngaarden Marine Services general manager Gert Jan van Wijngaarden said: "This new vessel will allow us to expand the services we offer within our target market.
"We chose Damen because it is a reliable partner; able to build the vessel we required for a realistic price and within the time in which we need it. In addition, the Shoalbuster is a proven workboat design that holds its value well."
With a bollard pull of 55t, the vessel will be able to carry up to seven (20TEU) standard containers and also to undertake diving survey and dredging operations.
Shoalbuster 3512 is expected to be delivered by the end of March 2016.
Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld managing director Jos van Woerkum said: "We are delighted that Van Wijngaarden Marine Services has returned to us for a fourth Shoalbuster, eleven years after the first was delivered.
"We believe that this latest Shoalbuster design with its added capabilities will prove a popular addition to the range."
Last month, Damen delivered a Stan Launch 804s vessel, Montis 5, to Dutch towage and salvage operator, Multraship.
Image: Officials of Damen Shipyards and Van Wijngaarden Marine Services during the signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.