Gallery: Damen Pontoons, Tugs Arrive in Rotterdam

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has completed its latest multiple vessel transport, including twelve built-for-stock Damen Stan Pontoons and tugs, to the Netherlands from its shipyards in China and Vietnam. 

The vessels were transported by MV Svenja, owned by heavy lift and project cargo transporter SAL Heavy Lift, which set sail from Shanghai at the end of August, loaded with Stan Pontoons from Damen Yichang Shipyard, China.

After a stopover in Vietnam to pick up six tugs that were built at Damen Song Cam Shipyard, the ship began its journey to the Netherlands, where it unloaded the twelve vessels.

“We encountered some heavy weather en route from Vietnam, but all the vessels have been safely and smoothly unloaded here in Rotterdam,” Rimmert Berlijn, Damen Service Coordinator Heavy Lift, said.

Damen Design and Proposal Engineer Hugo Hoekstra said that the pontoons can be used in industries such as fish farming, contracting, dredging and construction.

Following the recent ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, Stan Pontoons are expected to be increasingly installed with ballast water treatment equipment.

“Notably, in this situation, the pontoon’s own tanks can be used for temporary storage of ballast water to guarantee faster turnarounds,” Hoekstra further said.

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