The Damen Double Hull Oil Tanker 8000 ‘Kestrel Fisher’ was delivered end 2013 to Dutch managers De Opfeart Beheer.
In a two-tanker deal, the Kestrel Fisher’s sister vessel ‘King Fisher’ was delivered in June 2013. Both have been built by Damen Shipyards Bergum. The oil (product) tankers’ names are a reference to James Fisher Everard Ltd, which have taken up their commercial management.
The 7,076 deadweight tankers were christened at the DSB-yard in Harlingen where they were outfitted; their hulls were built by Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania.
The ‘King Fisher’ and ‘Kestrel Fisher’ are the latest newbuilds according to the patented ‘Damen Double Hull Oil Tanker 8000’ design. 8000 represents the 8,363 cbm cargo carrying capacity.
“We design oil tankers up to 15,000 tons deadweight, which are then constructed at a yard in the Damen Shipyards Group”, Erik Schultz, Director Sales with Damen Shipyards Bergum says.
As such, he oversees all cargo vessel newbuilding contracts within the group, irrespective of which yard will actually construct the vessels, or where. “It is a Damen product, with the contracting and coordination done from our offices in the Netherlands. Equally, engineering and design of most, if not all cargo vessels, is concentrated at the DSBe head office in Bergum, be this dry cargo, gas or oil tankers or otherwise. This way we can assure the quality and the performance of the vessels at a true Built in Europe grade.”
The ‘King Fisher’ and ‘Kestrel Fisher’ have an LOA of 104.52 metres, a 17 metres beam (moulded) and ten epoxy coated cargo tanks, allowing for five segregations. The accommodation caters for a complement of ten plus one guest.
Service speed is about 12.5 knots.
Press Release, January 9, 2014