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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu), reports that its large floating C dock is now operational. After final tests, the C Dock was submerged onto the equalised seabed.

DSCu Nautical department, with the help of local KTK pilots and tugs, subsequently docked the first commercial ship, a 63,400 dwt bulkcarrier, thus putting the 230m x 45m Panamax-class C dock into service.

“This marks a special milestone and we are very proud of this,” said Lodewijk Franken, DSCu MD. “It is highly rewarding to see the yard’s infrastructure today, following an intensive period of improvements, and to have the first ship in our C dock.”

Franken continued: “Many on the island still vividly remember the moment when the heavy lift ship Xin Guang Hua arrived at the Sint Anna Bay with our two floating docks on board and passed the Queen Juliana Bridge on April 30. This was a breathtaking moment which the staff at the yard relived when watching the first commercial docking on November 2. Docking the large bulk carrier went smoothly.”

Both the C dock and the smaller D dock are part of a wide investment programme for DSCu since its takeover by Damen in 2017. The smaller D dock – which had been docked inside the C dock since their Atlantic crossing – was floated-out late October to be moored alongside the repair quayside. It is currently having electric power connected after which the pumps and valves can be tested, and should shortly be put into service.

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