Wednesday, 21 October 2015 09:47

HAPPY STAR with 22 Damen vessels arrives in Rotterdam

photo: Nico Ouwehand, Maassluis| photo: Nico Ouwehand, Maassluis|

Damen's largest-ever stock vessel transport has reached its destination. BigLift Shipping's heavy-lift vessel Happy Star arrived in the Port of Rotterdam. This is the first time Happy Star has visited the Netherlands, bringing with her Damen's largest transportation of stock vessels to date; a total of 22 vessels. Whilst several of these have already been sold, a number are still available and can be delivered quickly. Included in the Damen transport are two Fast Crew Suppliers 2610, one ASD Tug 2310, three ASD Tugs 2411 and three ASD Tugs 3212, all of which have been sold and will be delivered to clients upon arrival. Additionally, there is a number of completed vessels available for sale. These are, two Stan Tugs 1606, two Stan Tugs 1004, two Stan Tugs 1907, two Stan Pontoons 5213, two Stan Pontoons 3011, a further ASD Tug 3212 and two Stan Launches 1004. The Damen stock vessels are ready for operation, so they can be swiftly delivered to clients upon purchase. However, they can still be equipped with options specified by the client. happy star gcaptainHaving arrived in Rotterdam the vessels will receive final touch-ups and cleaning before being delivered, either to clients or to various Damen shipyards. Hugo Hoekstra, Design Engineer Pontoons & Barges at Damen Shipyards, said: "The main reason for this transport is to bring our stock closer to customers who demand short delivery times. Damen is able to group globally-produced stock vessels together in a transport to minimise cost of shipment, making our vessels available for clients of all sizes and industries." Mr Buconić, Commercial Manager at BigLift Shipping: "Damen Shipyards and BigLift Shipping go back a long time. With Happy Star in position, BigLift was able to offer Damen a practical solution to bring a large number of their stock vessels to Rotterdam in one shipment. We are happy that we could offer Damen our technical solutions."


(Press Release taken from Hans van der Ster; Photo: Nico Ouwehand)


happy star gcaptain1The HAPPY STAR was safely moored with assistance of the TEXELBANK at RHB in the Waalhaven where the 22 units will be discharged the next few days, upon completion. The HAPPY STAR will head for Brazil for her next assignment. BigLift Shipping is key in heavy lift. BigLift Shipping, member of the Spliethoff Group is one of the world's leading heavy lift ship management companies, specialised in worldwide ocean transportation of heavy lift and project cargoes, with a history dating back to 1973. BigLift strives for innovation, excellence and operational reliability, adhering to high Health, Safety, Environment and Quality standards and operating to strict time schedules. A great variety of heavy and over-sized cargoes for long-standing clients in the oil & gas, mining and power generating industries, is carried worldwide by a modern fleet of 15 specialised heavy lift vessels. happy star gcaptain2All the vessels we manage are equipped with their own gear with lifting capacities up to 1,800 mt and some have a ro-ro capability for loads as high as 2,500 mt. A team of dedicated, highly skilled professionals, with years of experience and the mindset to think creatively, enables us to offer innovative and safe solutions for clients' technically and logistically complex requirements. Careful planning, engineering, coordination and supervision to ensure safe transportation are all in a day's work.
The Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.Damen's focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low 'total cost of ownership', high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts. For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steelworks. In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today's requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.


Source : press release Damen