Damen Shipyards has launched the first of its newly designed Stan Pontoon (SPo) 12032 which is the longest pontoon they’ve ever built, and part of a series of 34 pontoons currently under construction. In addition, Damen Pontoons & Barges has started building a second new design: the Damen Crane Barge (CBa) 6324, a transshipment barge for handling dry bulk and container operations.
New Damen Crane Barge
Damen’s newly designed crane barge is called the CBa 6324. It’s a shallow draught transshipment barge (optionally self-propelled) able to on- and offload ship-to-ship and ship-to-quay and vice versa. The CBa 6324 (i.e. 63m x 23,5m) is outfitted with a Liebherr CBG 350 crane with a grab load capacity of 35 t @ 12-36m and a hookload capacity of 45 ton @ 12-36m. The average throughput will be around 20.000T a day.
There’s accommodation for 12 crew, including. a pantry, a change room, an office and cabins. Several of these new transshipment barges are currently being built, with the first ready for delivery in November 2012 (The Netherlands) and the second in December (China). Crane Barges 3 and 4 will be available in Q1-2013.