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    Damen to construct Renewables Service Vessel for Delta Marine

    Vessel & ROV News // October 23, 2015

    Damen's RSV 3315 design is derived from the well known Multi Cat.

    A close working relationship between Delta Marine and Damen Shipyards Group has led to the development of a new vessel design, which Damen has dubbed the 'Damen Renewables Service Vessel 3315' or RSV 3315.

    The UK-based wind service provider recently awarded Damen a contract for the construction of the first RSV 3315. it is due to be launched in early 2017.

    “For the last couple of years we’ve been working on this new design with Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld,” said Delta Marine's General Manager, Dave McNaughtan. “We came up with concepts – gave them to Damen, who would put those ideas on the drawing board. They gave their expertise – adding the engineering for example – and then came back to us. Damen are very good at developing vessels,” said Mr McNaughtan. “Even their established vessels like Multi Cats and Shoalbusters are continually getting better.”

    The new design has evolved from a Multi Cat. “We have changed the design by moving the wheelhouse forward and leaving the aft deck open. Crucially, we’ve managed to keep it under the 500-tonne mark. This was a critical factor – one that will help keep the costs down,” said Mr McNaughtan.

    The RSV 3315 will be able to take on a lot of the work larger offshore construction vessels currently perform, he said. "We'll have full DP2 capability and, with such a wide deck, we'll be able to fit a cable lay carousel, work-class ROVs or cable trenching machines." The vessel will also be fitted with two large HS Marine cranes and a four-point mooring system.

    Following fabrication of the hull in Poland, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in The Netherlands will complete final outfitting.

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