MAY 25, 2016 — Damen Shipyards will soon start work on a new class of utility vessel, the UV2410.
The multi-role platform is the result of extensive consultation with aquaculture industry customers in the U.K. and Norway. It was important to them the rule length of the new vessel be no more than 24 m and, for U.K. customers in particular, that it be within the 200 gross tonnage limit. Within those limits, protected deck space and good seakeeping were top priorities, along with ample accommodation space.
Damen says the Utility Vessel 2410 delivers all these requirements — and more.
"With the wide beam of 9.5 m and minimal superstructure this vessel provides 120 cu.m of unobstructed deck space, yet still has comfortable accommodations for up to six crew," says Lodewijk van Os, Product Director Workboats. "The design is optimized for a wide range of roles including maintenance support, oil recovery, diving support, buoy handling, safety stand-by, ROV support, surveying and much more
"It is also ideal for aquaculture, with easy access to the waterline amidships via steps and a three-meter opening in the bulwark, and the capability of mounting dedicated equipment including up to two cranes. In fact, the deck is pretty much ready for anything; A-frames, winches, davits for rescue boats, task-specific containers and many other types of equipment can be quickly added and removed as the vessel receives new assignments."
The Utility Vessel 2410 shares many of the attributes of other vessels in Damen's extensive workboat ranges. Damen envisages that, in addition to its suitability for aqualculture operators, the 2410 will be very attractive to port authorities, governmental organizations, marine contractors and anyone involved in varied, water-based maintenance operations.