Damen ships 24 vessels via Arctic from China to Rotterdam

The Tasmanic Winter has nearly finished its voyage from China to Rotterdam via the Northern Sea Route with 24 new vessels on board built at Damen yards in Changde and Yichang.

In line with its standard practice, Damen is transporting these in batches to the Netherlands where most of them will be ready for sale to customers seeking the shortest possible delivery times.

In a first for Damen, the Tasmanic Winter took the NSR along Russia’s north coast, which can reduce the journey time by up to eight days compared with the traditional southern route. 

Damen has delivered more than 6,000 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.

On board are a selection of Damen’s vessels, including ASD Tugs 2411, ASD Tugs 2009, ASD Tugs 3010 ICE, Stan Tugs 1606 and Stan Pontoons 4512. As well as a number of other, smaller, tug models, the consignment also has two Stan Launches 804 and the ever-versatile Multi Cat 1506. Arrival at Rotterdam is estimated for 28 October 2018.   

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This is Damen’s second batch-shipment in 2018. In April, the SAL heavy lift vessel Lone arrived in Rotterdam from Shanghai with 11 Damen Pontoons on board ranging in size from 41 to 72 metres in length. This form of transport is highly cost-effective and allows Damen to ensure that its clients continue to receive the keenest pricing as well as Damen’s trademark quality, at the shortest possible delivery time. The use of the NSR will only enhance that competitive edge the company said.

Posted 29 October 2018

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Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News

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