Damen signs 14 vessel deal - including eight PSVs - with Wilson SonsNews // March 14, 2007
Wilson Sons and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in The Netherlands have signed contracts for the construction of a 40 ton bollard pull Damen ASD 2810, three 40 ton bollard pull ASD 2411s and two 70 ton bollard pull ASD 2411s.
All ASD tugs will be provided with Caterpillar main engines and Rolls Royce rudder propellers. A forward towing winch is fitted on all tugs and an aft towing winch will be included on the ASD tug 2810.
In addition, contracts were signed for the building of six Damen 7216 PSVs with a deadweight of approximately 3,000 tons. All of the PSVs will carry fuel oil, potable water, dry bulk and optional liquid mud. Propulsion is by means of two 1,500kW Rolls Royce rudder propellers with controllable pitch propellers in a diesel electric configuration with Caterpillar generator sets. The free deck area of these vessels is approximately 600m2.
An agreement was also reached for the construction of two Damen 8816 PSVs with a deadweight of approximately 4,500 tons and similar diesel-electric propulsion to the smaller PSVs, but with 2 x 1,920kW. The deck area of the PSV 8816 is approximately 800m2.
Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) will provide engineering; components and logistic support to Wilson Sons in Guaruja (Santos) were all vessels will be built.
Completion of this highly significant new building programme is scheduled for the beginning of 2010.
Wilson Sons and Damen have enjoyed a very successful co-operation which dates back to 1993, and since then a total of 26 Damen tugs have been built by Wilson Sons.
Currently, one Damen 7216 PSV, which was contracted last year, is under construction at Wilson Sons, and is scheduled for delivery in March of this year.
The six Damen ASD Tugs will operate in various Brazilian ports by Saveiros, the leading operator in Brazil.
The eight Damen PSVs will sail under the flag of Saveiros Camuyrano Servicios Maritimos and will be chartered out to Petrobras.