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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 

Albwardy Damen has received an award at the MASTECH international marine technical conference for the design of the new Damen Multibuster 8020 shallow draught, multi-purpose vessel.

Albwardy Damen has been developing the Multibuster 8020 offshore workboat for the past two years in close consultation with a number of oil majors, operators and potential clients in the Gulf region. Over that time the size of the vessel has grown as clients have sought additional capability. While the Multibuster 8020 is 80m in length, making it the largest vessel to be built at Albwardy Damen Sharjah to date, it will also be available in 60m and 70m versions.

The award was based on a number of factors that make this vessel highly unusual. Its design draught of 3.5m is exceptional for a vessel of this size and the deck strength between the stern roller and the anchor handling and tow winch, enables it to take any equipment or fulfil any operation without further modification. Albwardy Damen specified a corresponding cofferdam below decks, so that steel cutting and welding on the working deck above can be carried out without draining and or degassing the fuel tanks. Special attention has been given to the working deck sides, which are free of obstacles over the full deck length.

The diesel-electric, DP2 classed vessel is outfitted with a retractable azimuth bow thruster that results in low noise and vibration levels under DP conditions and good fuel economy when standing-by, while the engine room is prepared for SCR equipment.

Propulsion alternatives that can deliver a bollard pull from 45 to 95 tonnes, enabling it to carry out a wide range of tasks across the renewables, oil and gas, marine contracting and dredging industries.

The design and engineering partner engaged by Albwardy Damen was ship design and marine consulting agency OSD-IMT, which specialises in custom, one-off designs across a wide range of vessel types.

“At Damen we have been extremely successful with shallow draft workboats, notably our Shoalbuster and Multicat ranges,” said Pascal Slingerland, Regional Director Middle East for Damen. “These boats were originally mainly used in the dredging industry but have since became very popular in the oil and gas industry as well. The new Multibuster is a combination of the functionality found on both Shoalbusters and Multicats, but on a much larger and even more versatile, shallow draught workboat.”

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