The close working relationship between Delta Marine and the Damen Shipyards Group has produced a new vessel design – called a Damen Renewables Service Vessel 3315. The Scotland-based offshore wind service provider recently awarded Damen a construction contract looking towards a launch in early 2017.
“For the last couple of years we’ve been working on this new design with Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld,” says Delta Marine 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.”
"Client feedback is very important to us," says Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld Managing Director Jos van Woerkum. "It has been great to work so closely with Delta Marine to develop this new design."
The new design evolved from that of a conventional multi-cat vessel, he continued: “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.”
The Renewables Service Vessel 3315 will be able to take on a lot of the work larger offshore construction vessels currently perform, Mr Naughton said.
The vessel will have full DP2 capability with two large HS Marine cranes and a four-point mooring system. Its wide deck will enable Delta Marine to install a cable-lay carousel, work-class ROVs or cable trenching machines onboard.
The hull will be fabricated in Poland and the final outfitting process will be done by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands. No price was disclosed for the order.