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Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Dutch marine services provider Herman Sr has agreed to order the first of a newly-developed Damen Shoalbuster type with full DP2 capabilities. This will be the first of a new class within the Shoalbuster series and one of the largest available. The vessel will be built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld.

35m long, nearly 14m wide and with a free deck space of 150m2, the Shoalbuster 3514, named Brutus, will provide a substantial working platform. The SD (shallow draught) notation reflects the draught of 2.70m at full tank capacity and 2.40m at 50%. Among the many roles that this first DP2 Shoalbuster will be capable of fulfilling will be anchor handling - for which she will have an open stern complete with roller, as well as an aft deck knuckle boom crane - and towage, thanks to the 60 tonne bollard pull capability.

Four Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines will deliver a total of 5,280 bhp to four 1900mm nozzles. The normal crew complement will be five to six, but she will have accommodation for up to 22 personnel, in order to support various projects.

Herman Sr intends to use the Shoalbuster 3514 for wind farm support and maintenance, as well as survey work, for which it will have a Kongsberg DP2 system including ancillary thrusters to ensure precision position-holding. The open stern will provide cable-laying capability.

“The 3514 represents an appreciable uplift in capability for the Shoalbuster class and is a very special vessel with a wide range of options available,” said Jos van Woerkum, MD of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. “We are very pleased that Herman Sr is the launch client. They have been a longstanding client of Damen for three generations and this will be their fourteenth Damen vessel, as well as their ninth and largest Shoalbuster to date.”

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