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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (DSHa) has received an order from longstanding client Herman Sr for the first diesel-electric Damen Shoalbuster 3514 SD DP2. The new vessel is scheduled for delivery by the first half of 2020 and will be named 'Brutus'.

The Shoalbuster 3514 SD (shallow draft) DP2 (dynamic positioning 2) will be the first of a new Shoalbuster class and one of the largest and most sophisticated in the range, being also IMO Tier III compliant.

The Shoalbuster 3514 will be a substantial and versatile working platform, measuring 35m in length, nearly 14m wide and with a free deck space of 150m2. With a draught of 2.70m at full tank capacity and 2.40m at 50% she will be able to access waters inaccessible to other vessels of a similar size and capability. Four Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines will deliver a total of 3,876kW (5,280bhp) to four 1900mm nozzles, an arrangement that contributes significantly to shallow-waters capability.

With 60 tonnes of bollard pull she will be a powerful and effective towage asset. Among the many other roles which the Brutus will be capable of taking on are PLGR operations, ROV surveys via a 600 x 800mm moonpool, mattress installations, UXO clearance, mooring, pushing, dredging support, ocean-going towage and general offshore supply vessel duties. Other features include four-point mooring and she will also be equipped for anchor handling, with an open stern complete with roller. The accommodation consists of 12 cabins for six to seven crew plus 13-14 additional personnel.

Herman Sr intends to use its Shoalbuster 3514 primarily for wind farm support and maintenance, where its shallow draught will allow it to work near as well as offshore. The DP-2 dynamic positioning system including ancillary thrusters will ensure precision position-holding on the open sea as well in the vicinity of turbines and other structures. Its open stern will also make the vessel suitable for cable-laying operations and a sturdy aft deck knuckle boom crane will be capable of lifting a wide assortment of cargo and equipment.

“This new vessel will increase the services we can offer to our customers and shall give us more flexibility in the field,” said Jack van Dodewaard, MD of Herman Sr. “The demand for DP-2 vessels is increasing and with this multi-purpose, shallow draft vessel we will be filling a gap in the market. The vessel will be very fuel efficient and will have a very low CO2 footprint due to its design. Our family has had a longstanding relationship for more than 70 years with Damen and so we are confident that they will deliver the vessel to us on time and to our satisfaction.

“With the Brutus our yard is adding a brand new and innovative model to the successful and proven Damen Shoalbuster range,” said Jos van Woerkum, MD of DSHa.

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