Dutch shipbuilding group Damen opened its first U.S. office with a bang on Monday, announcing a four-tug order from Young Brothers.=.
The order is the first to be handled by the new entity, which is based in Houston, Texas in order to focus on the offshore oil and gas sector in North America.
The Damen 3711 Stan Tugs will be built at Conrad Shipyard, Louisiana, under a license and materials agreement with Damen. The first vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018 and the last scheduled for twelve months later.
The 37-meter, 6,000 hp tugs will service Young Brothers’ fleet of modern, high-capacity tugs and barges. Young Brothers, a Saltchuk company operated by Foss Maritime, is Hawaii’s largest inter-island cargo service provider.
“Opening a permanent Damen presence in North America is a significant milestone for the group,” said Jan van Hogerwou. “With over 200 Damen design vessels built and delivered in the US, this has been an important market for our vessels for many years via our flexible licensing agreements, and we have enjoyed excellent cooperation with shipyards across the country. This latest initiative will enable us to strengthen our relationships further with both builders and operators, and serve the North American market with the innovative, cost-effective and dependable vessels that it seeks.”