Damen nets order for cost saving fish farm concept

Buy using one Multi Cat and one Stan Pontoon, new concept promises major savings on traditional fish farm operations using four boats Buy using one Multi Cat and one Stan Pontoon, new concept promises major savings on traditional fish farm operations using four boats

NOVEMBER 16, 2015 — Damen Shipyards has booked a contract that promises to significantly reduce the operational costs of fish farming.

Signed last month, the contract will see Damen Shipyards Gorinchem deliver a Stan Pontoon 4113 (YN 523702) and a Multi Cat 2712 (YN 571725) to Norway's Frøy Vest AS.

According to Remko Hottentot, Damen Manager Sales Norway, the Damen-developed combination of a Multi Cat and a Stan Pontoon is an entirely new concept in the fish farm industry. In the past no fewer than four vessels were used for fish-farming operations, but the combination of one Multi Cat and a Stan Pontoon is a guarantee that the operational costs for the client are reduced considerably.

"This concept is new for the fish farm industry as a whole, not only for this client," says Mr. Hottentot. "The industry is growing and has to comply with stricter norms in terms of safety, the environment, etc. Damen always tries to listen closely to the operational input of clients, who also have to comply with new flag state demands. So, it was quite logical that we came to this new concept after having heard what Frøy Vest had to say."

The new concept was first presented at the Aqua Nor Trade Fair 2015 in Trondheim where the response was good.

"This positive response led to the sale of the first combination," says Mr. Hottentot. "Both vessels are Damen proven-standard vessels, but they have been adapted to the demands and wishes of the customer, Frøy Vest. For instance, the deck is not made of wood for reasons of hygiene, and larger cranes and winches have been placed on deck for enhanced productivity."

The Multi Cat 2712, with a length of 27.27 m, a beam of 12.50 m and a maximum bollard pull of 34.8 tonnes, is a new type of workboat with two Cat C32 TTA CERT engines with a total power of 1,790 bkW at 1,800 rpm, giving the vessel a maximum speed of 10.5 knots.

Typical applications for the Stan Pontoon 4113 are deck cargo and RO/RO operations and it can be deployed in deep-sea areas, coastal and inland waters. The pontoon has a molded length of 41.40 metres, a molded beam of 13.00 m and a molded depth of 3.00 m. Maximum draft is 2.40 m, deck load is 10 tonnes per sq.m and maximum deadweight of 965 t. Free deck space is 533 sq.m. With a deck thickness of 12 mm, the vessel is suitable for extra heavy weights.

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