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    Acta Marine to expand with more Shoalbusters

    Vessel & ROV News // September 27, 2012

    Damen Shipyards Group is to supply Acta Marine in The Netherlands with four Shoalbuster anchor handling tugs.

    Three of the anchor handling tugs will be supplied from Damen Marine Services’ charter fleet; Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld will be supplying the fourth, a new Shoalbuster, in March 2013.

    “Shoalbusters are excellent multi-purpose vessels that we will be able to use all over the world in dredging and marine contracting projects, as well as for oil and gas projects and offshore wind projects,” said Govert-Jan van Oord, managing director of Acta Marine.

    DMS Eagle and DMS Globe are Shoalbuster 2609s that will be deployed in the Persian Gulf as they were before. DMS Dunnock and the new ship are larger, 3,300hp units and have a bollard pull of 45-50 tonnes.

    These latter two vessels are the sister ships of Coastal Vanguard, which Acta Marine purchased from Damen at the end of 2010.

    DMS Dunnock will be transferred in Singapore in January 2013, putting the ship in an excellent location to take on charter assignments in southeast Asia and Australia.

    The new Shoalbuster is currently under construction in the Netherlands and will be delivered in March 2013.

     

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