De Boer Remorquage SARL Orders Custom Tugs from Damen

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Posted by Michelle Howard

Baggerbedrijf De Boer B.V. (Dutch Dredging B.V.) has
ordered two custom, special-purpose tugs to be built at Damen
Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands through the subsidiairy
De Boer Remorquage SARL. The tugs are for a 10-year contract with
Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou
in French Guyana. Their primary functions will be assisting
vessels entering and leaving port, and rendering help in the
event of emergencies including fire-fighting. An important
secondary role for both vessels will be assisting with
maintenance dredging operations in both ports.

The larger of the two, the WID 2915, will be configured for a
variety of roles including dredging using the Air and Water
Injection Dredging (AIRSET) method. The smaller ASD 2310 SD
(Shallow Draught) tug will be fitted out to operate the equipment
needed for bed-levelling, and will also carry out surveying
activities. As these two tugs will be the only support vessels
available to either port they can also be used for the
transportation of equipment and cargo, up to container-sized
loads.

"We chose Damen for its reputation for designing and building
both tugs and dredgers to a high standard," said Dutch Dredging
CEO Hugo van de Graaf. "This made it the ideal partner for the
construction of custom, multi-purpose tug/dredgers. In addition
to this, the vessels will be built under French rules and
classification, something in which Damen is also experienced."
French Guyana is a Department of France, and is perhaps best
known for being the location of the Guyana Space Centre, which is
used by the European Space Agency.

Joining Dutch Dredging in the project is the IJmuiden-based Iskes
Towage & Salvage, which will be Dutch Dredging's co-owner in
the French subsidiary company De Boer Remorquage SARL, which is
the legal entity that ordered the vessels. It will also operate
the tugs and will aim to employ and train a number of local staff
and crew in the skills required to man and maintain workboats.
Iskes already operates a number of Damen vessels, including three
ASD 2810 tugs, and is due to take delivery of a Damen ASD 3212 in
the next few weeks. Its operating experience in harbour towing
and assistance has already provided valuable input for the design
and build process.

"The success of this deal was based on trust and a respect for
each other's knowledge that the counterparties quickly
developed," said Jos van Woerkum, managing director of Damen
Shipyards Hardinxveld. "While we know Iskes Towage and Salvage
well, this is our first time working with Baggerbedrijf De Boer.
Yet in just a few months we developed together the WID 2915 by
taking an existing Damen design and adding the collective
experience of the two project partners to create the optimum
solution."

The vessels have been designed to meet the needs of the end
client; Grand Port Maritime de Guyane, which also contributed to
the development of the designs via its own consultant, Hydro GC.
The consultant checked and approved the design, and helped
optimize the dredging-towing balance so as to achieve an
equilibrium within the given specifications. Dutch Dredging
contributed its knowledge of the unique technique of water and
air injection dredging, that it has built up over 20 years. Its
experience over the past 12 years of operating in the specific
conditions of French Guyana has also been very useful.

The WID 2915 is due for delivery in February 2018, with the ASD
2310 SD joining it in November 2017.

Feb 21, 2017

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