SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 — Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands, based V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA has placed an order with Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for the delivery of a new Damen Shoalbuster 2709.
V.O.F. Sleepboot has undertaken projects across north west Europe and as far east as the Caspian Sea. The new Shoalbuster is replacing a 30-m multi-purpose, anchor handling tug and will be available for work all over the world.
The Damen Shoalbuster 2709 is a highly versatile 27 m x 9 m workboat and, despite its compact size, this version will have a bollard pull of 41.2 tonnes. With a draft of just 2.6 m, it is ideal for maneuvers in shallow waters.
The deck gear includes a 5.5 tonnes at 18.5 m AKC knuckle crane, an anchor handling winch and a tugger winch.
The vessel has quarters for up to seven people in five cabins plus a galley/mess area.
The Shoalbuster 2709 has been in production for just over five years and is a popular design due to its size and capabilities.
Willem-Harm Mastenbroek, owner and managing director of V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA gained experience with a Damen Shoalbuster when working with a previous employer and. since the establishment of his own company had been looking forward to acquiring one of his own. This year the right conditions, including a vessel in stock at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld ready for finishing, came together and the deal was done.
The naming ceremony is planned for later this year.