Damen Shipyards Group

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Damen Shipyards operates more than 32 shipyards, repair yards and related companies worldwide. Consistent quality, short delivery times, due to standardized, in-house designs, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock, are Damen hallmarks. Well-proven technology, reliable performance, continuous and scientific research enable Damen to offer customers high-tech vessels. 

 Press Releases

  • Following calls for great vessel versatility offshore Damen has developed a new concept vessel – the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) 9020. The vessel features a stable platform with lots of accommodation, good station-keeping capability, low carbon emissions and lots of flexibility to add mission-specific tools.

    “We were approached by several different operators at the same time, all looking for slightly different offshore capabilities, but similar enough that their requirements could be met with a conceptual standard platform,” says design & proposal engineer Mark Couwenberg.

    “The thinking behind the OSV 9020 is very much in line with the Damen philosophy of shipbuilding in series; it’s a standard product, as a result drawing upon proven technology, that can be tailored to individual requirements via modularisation.”

    The vessel has been designed to perform a variety of offshore tasks both at surface level and subsea.

    “The vessel can be fitted with a moonpool-deployed saturation dive system to allow diving operations at offshore crane, a stern A-frame and an offshore access system. The vessel can also act as a submarine rescue vessel. For this, submarine rescue gear is placed on deck. To ensure suitability for this scope of work, the available vessel accommodation, manoeuvring systems and dive support systems are crucial features.”

    Accommodation is a key feature for the success of any offshore operation. The OSV 9020 provides living space for up to 120 persons on board. Interior design is designed to ensure those on board will quickly feel at home, with lots of possibilities to personalise their stay on board.

    “There has been a lot of consideration to make sure the accommodation is both functional and comfortable. For example, care has been taken to ensure proper on board logistics, so that daily routines are as efficient as possible and that working areas are separated from living space.”

    A helicopter deck is integrated in the design, further increasing the vessel flexibility.

    The vessel is primarily designed to operate on DP. The complete hull, superstructure and thruster layout is designed for this. The hull features equally good ahead and astern performance. The vessel profile ensures low wind catch. The four identical azimuthing thrusters are arranged symmetrically: two on the stern and two on the bow. This ensures maximum station-keeping performance while avoiding high noise levels in the accommodation. In addition, this clever layout results in lower maintenance costs, lower fuel consumption and less total installed power. Although the main benefits of the design are seen during station-keeping, the transit performance of the vessel is also very efficient. Speed and fuel consumption are hardly sacrificed by the layout.

    The diesel generators are supported by a battery pack. The electric system is designed to operate safely with closed bus-ties. This makes it safely possible to have less engines running, resulting in reduction of fuel oil consumption and harmful emissions with up to 20% and less maintenance.

    Also with clean, sustainable operations in mind, the vessel is fitted with a hybrid power generation system, resulting in low emissions.

    However, the vessel can optionally be delivered to operate on green methanol, produced from biological waste streams. This allows reduction of well-to-propeller CO2 emissions by approximately 70%. In addition to the ease of bunkering offered by green methanol at most ports in the world, it is easy to handle safely on board and is cost-efficient. Additionally methanol sacrifices very little design capacity so that the vessel does not need to be larger to achieve similar endurance.

  • The UK-based High Speed Transfers (HST) Ltd has taken delivery of its fourth Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710. This has occurred just over 18 months since it received its first, the HST Hudson, in June 2018, which was followed by HST Sofia in March 2019 and HST Harri in October of the same year. The latest addition is named HST Euan and in mid-January 2020 she was loaded on to a heavy lift vessel at Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey bound for Rotterdam.

    The HST Euan replicates the features and layout of her sister ships. These include capacity for 26 passengers in safety and comfort and the ability to operate in wave heights of more than two metres. Other advances on the predecessor to the FCS 2710, the FCS 2610, include more flexibility, more tank capacity and greater deck space.

    The new addition to the HST fleet has already been signed up for a five-year contract with leading wind farm operator MHI Vestas. Early next month she will join HST Harri in transporting personnel and equipment between Ostend and the company’s various sites in the North Sea.

    HST’s fleet of FCS 2710 vessels has and continues to be kept busy, with all of them fully occupied over what is for many crew transfer vessel operators the quiet winter season. As stated HST Harri has been with working for MHI Vestas along with HST Sofia filling in for HST Euan pending its arrival, and HST Hudson has recently completed a contract with Boskalis on the East Anglia One windfarm in the southern North Sea and is now beginning a new assignment on a Dutch project.

    Full speed ahead

    Despite its rapid growth, HST is not slowing the pace. “2019 was very much a year of growth,” says Tom Nevin, CEO of HST, “and we are carrying that momentum forward into 2020. We are in discussions with Damen regarding not only additional crew transfer vessels but also multi-purpose vessels such as Multi Cats. This would be a degree of diversification for us, opening up activities such as cable laying and maintenance, trench support and marine civil engineering using the larger, DP2 Multi Cats for maximum versatility. This would allow us to offer a broader range of services to our clients.”

    The company is also supporting the Damen FCS 2610 and 2710 newbuilds in Taiwan for Hung Hua Construction with crew training in Europe and sea trials out on location. “Generally, we are looking to refine our service offerings and look more towards sustainable shipping,” concludes Tom Nevin.”

    “We are very proud to be working with HST, which has deservedly made a name for itself through the quality and flexibility of its services,” says Damen UK sales manager Frederik van der Linde. “The HST team is also setting new standards in the offshore renewables industry amongst others with their vision for a sustainable future. We value our partnership with them and look forward to continuing this for many years to come.”

  • Shoalbuster 3815 Ultra Shallow Draught completes sea trials with a draft of 120cm

    Damen’s new Ultra Shallow Shoalbuster 3815 SD has successfully completed sea trials and bollard pull testing. The newly designed vessel achieved 18.6 tonnes of bollard pull, while still being able to operate in extreme shallow waters. Despite this impressive show of power, noise levels inside all the cabins did not exceed 53dB.

    Damen developed the design of the new Shoalbuster 3815 SD after extensive dialogue with numerous workboat operators from the oil and gas, and dredging industries, in addition to end clients who charter such vessels. This highlighted the need for a truly fit-for-purpose vessel capable of working in ultra-shallow waters.

    “There are several projects in the world that operate in ultra-shallow working areas – in the Arabian Gulf and the Caspian Sea in particular,” says Jeroen van Woerkum, commercial manager at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. “We designed this vessel to provide real added value to these projects.”

    Working at 120cm

    The results from the sea trials and bollard testing of the Shoalbuster 3815 SD last week in the Middle East prove just how useful the vessel will be. The installed power of 1,540 bhp directed through four 1,000mm aft propellers yielded 18.6 tonnes of bollard pull. The vessel has a working deck space of 185m2 and is equipped with two bow thrusters to provide manoeuvrability when needed.

    Perhaps the most notable outcome of the sea trials, however, is the ultra-shallow draught specifications. The Shoalbuster 3815 SD can work in a water depth with a minimum of 120cm.

    As well as operational prowess, Damen has paid particular attention to comfort on board. The noise levels in the accommodation area are a maximum of 53dB. “For the workboat market, characterised primarily by power and performance, such low noise levels are an operational luxury.”

    The 250DWT vessel’s standard accommodation for 11 persons is in accordance with MLC regulations. Additional accommodation for total of 17 persons is optional.

    Ready for delivery

    With the sea trials successfully completed, the Shoalbuster 3815 SD is going to be available for delivery and operation by the 1st of January 2020. “We are very excited to show this new vessel to operators needing to carry out hose-, anchor- and buoy- handling and towing and support tasks for the oil & gas industry and the dredging sector in ultra-shallow waters.”

    The huge working deck of 185m2 makes the Shoalbuster extremely suitable for Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) maintenance works, SBM hose repair and allows sufficient space to add containerised units for diving support works.

    “Our team at Albwardy Damen would be glad to welcome clients on board and showcase this super shallow draft and versatile platform,” adds Mr Van Woerkum.


  • FCS 7011 Crew Change
    The starting point for developing the FCS 7011 was broad market consultation throughout the offshore crew change value chain....

    1. Safety first

      A safe crossing makes embarkation and disembarkation as quick and smooth as possible.

    2. High speed travel

      Optimised sailing times for increased numbers of personnel, to locations farther from shore, results in more efficient operations no matter the circumstances.

    3. Comfort through science

      The FCS 7011 features a unique combination of four motion-reducing inventions working together in perfect synergy, creating unrivalled passenger comfort by virtually flattening the seas, up to 3 meters significant wave height.

  • Damen ASV 9020 Walk to Work Vessel
    The W2W has been designed for conventional oil and gas maintenance duties as well as wind farm maintenance and support....


      The hull, at 90 metres, is longer than that of a conventional PSV. The bow section has been lowered to create a V-shape. In the aft, a V-shape has also been incorporated into the frames. Both features should make stern to wave operations more comfortable than on a common PSV design.


      The hull requires less installed power than a conventional PSV thanks to its symmetrical wind profile and efficient four split switchboard system. The four split main switchboard ensures an efficient generator distribution offering more power in the event of a single switchboard failure.


      The primary solution is a motion compensated access gangway system mounted on the port side. Its managing software is aligned with the vessel’s DP system to accommodate gangway motion limits. For a high level of redundancy alternative transfer methods are included, including helicopter access and a daughter draft.

  • Anchor Handling Tug Supplier 200
    Damen AHTS series offers bollard pull ranges combined with winch capacities as demanded by market standards....


      An extensive winch package is installed on the vessel with a choice between low pressure hydraulics and an electric driven AHT winch package.


      The layout of the propulsion installation can be either diesel-direct or hybrid, depending on the operational profile of the vessel.


      The AHTS basic design can be easily adapted for operations across a broad range of water depths; including conducting anchor handling, cargo supply, ROV support, firefighting or even subsea construction.

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