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.
The 120 m long and 32,2 m wide Stan Pontoon was launched at Jiangsu Ganghua Shipyard, one of Damen’s Chinese partner yards. With a deck strength of 20 t/m², its heavy duty deck is suitable for heavy ro/ro operations.The pontoon’s ballast system includes Econosto valves and Azcue pumps. Furthermore, the SPo 12032 is equipped with two DMT-winches, a Van der Leun electrical system (incl. a Caterpillar generating set), an International Paint system and it is classified under Lloyd’s Register. Together with 16 smaller pontoons (varying between 41×13 m – 91×27 m), the new pontoon will arrive in the Netherlands in September 2012 on a semi-submersible vessel.
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.
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