The Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group has started building two identical Crane Barge 6324 vessels as part of its cost-effective transshipment platform.
The two vessels are designed in response to clients’ demands that short delivery times are met.
To be used for ship-to-ship, ship-to-barge or ship-to-quay operations, the vessels will also be suitable for flexible harbour services that allow transshipment of dry bulk, containers and breakbulk.
The 63m long vessel features 750m² of deck space and additional below-deck lashing stores.
Damen design engineer Hugo Hoekstra said: "These Crane Barges are perfectly suited for shifting coal, iron and agribulk materials, all of which are internationally important commodities.
"Bigger bulk vessels and port developments require different infrastructure which is expensive and time consuming. These transshipment barges relocate the loading and lightering to a location with sufficient depth.
"For operators, such as port authorities and harbour logistics companies, working in this very competitive market, these vessels will serve as a ‘no-frills’ option; they are as functional as they need to be."
In order to build the Crane Barges, Damen’s in-house product specialists have collaborated with several other departments within the company.
Both the vessels will be installed with a Liebherr CBG 350 crane to provide loading capacities with grab operations of 35t at 36m and hook operations at 45t at 36m.
The double drum mooring winches are also placed to ensure safety during mooring operation and minimise the potential for hazards.
Damen noted that in order to complete the project, the company cooperated with several other partners, including PON for generator sets, Van der Leun for electrical systems, DMT for the winches, and Liebherr for the crane.
Recently, the company delivered two ASD Tugs 2411 to SAAM, a towage company with operations across South, Central and North America.
Image: The 63m long vessel will feature 750m² of deck space and additional below-deck lashing stores. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.