• 2017 April 20 10:28

    Damen announces successful sea trials for Australian MATV

    Damen Shipyards Group has announced the successful completion of sea trials of the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore. The sea trials included testing of all on-board military systems. Following final vessel handover, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties for the Royal Australian Navy.

    In addition to the more traditional elements of sea trials such as manoeuvring and speed tests, the MV Sycamore was put through her paces with an extensive testing programme of all on-board military systems. This included testing of the air traffic radar, flight deck lighting and firefighting, flight deck communication systems and helicopter traverse installation procedures.

    The results of the sea trials were successful. All systems and processes of the vessel were accepted by representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    Helicopter training tool
    “We are proud to hear that the MV Sycamore has passed her first tests with flying colours,” says DAMEN Sales Director Asia Pacific Roland Briene. “Based on Damen’s successful and proven OPV series, the MATV is a very versatile ship.”

    The chief role of the vessel will be to provide a training platform for all possible helicopter-related operations, such as helicopter deck landings and take off, helicopter (in-flight) refuelling operations and air traffic control.

    Additional humanitarian role
    However, Damen’s versatile MATV design will enable the Royal Australian Navy to accomplish numerous other secondary tasks also. To this end, the MV Sycamore will be able to undertake torpedo and mine recovery operations, navigation training, dive support, Officer Sea Familiarisation, target towing and consort duties as well as unmanned aerial vehicle support.

    Furthermore, the 94-metre long vessel has a large storage capacity, which gives her the potential to be mobilised in humanitarian relief operations.

    The coming weeks will see the MV Sycamore being prepared for her maiden voyage to her home port of Sydney, Australia, where she is expected to arrive at the end of May.

    Talking about the future of Damen’s activities in Australia, Mr Briene comments: “We are making headway towards our ambitions of building further vessels for the Australian Navy, having recently submitted out tender for the SEA 1180 Program. It is our intention to work in close concert with local industry for the project, building not only the required vessels, but a sustainable shipbuilding industry for Australia with strong export potential.”

    About DAMEN Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. DAMEN has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept DAMEN is able to guarantee consistent quality. Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, DAMEN vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology. DAMEN offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts. For nearly all vessel types DAMEN offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. DAMEN also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works. In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, DAMEN Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.




2018 January 20

10:28 Sanmar's tug arrives in Naples to enter service with Rimochitori Napolitani
09:55 World’s second largest ship registry prepares for continued success in 2018
07:43 Golden Ocean announces issuance of new shares in connection with delivery of vessel
06:41 Cheniere and Trafigura sign 15-year LNG sale and purchase agreement

2018 January 19

18:20 Name giving ceremony held in Novorossiysk for three Damen tugboats of Delo Service Company (photo)
18:06 British Ports Association responds to UK Government announcement on extra funding for border security in the Channel
17:56 ABP South Wales Ports see strong growth in 2017
17:33 Taganrog Commercial Seaport plans allocation of $4.2 mln for implementation of its 2018 development programme
17:06 BPO lunch debate in European Parliament
16:50 Nevsky Shipyard congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
16:32 LSC Shipmanagement increases its fleet with bitumen tanker
16:27 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company undertakes measures to prevent environmental pollution
16:04 Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines to equipment manufacturer Terex Cranes for two new Demag models
15:34 Northwest Seaport Alliance international container volumes up 4 percent in 2017
15:03 MSC adds new RO-RO service from NWC to West Africa
14:55 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping reviewes the Rules and Guidelines
14:33 “K” Line announces delivery of ‘Corona’ series coal carrier “CORONA WISDOM”
14:17 Jan De Nul supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
14:03 Maersk Line announces FAK rates from Asia to West Coast of Central and South America, Mexico, Panama and Caribbean
13:32 Gulf Navigation adds “Gulf Mishref” and “Gulf Mirdif” to its fleet
13:16 CMA CGM announces THC in Kaliningrad, Russia
12:51 Second Vroon W2W vessel completes modifications and outfitting at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
12:45 Port of Antwerp scores 5th record year in a row
12:14 NIBULON starts the second stage of the Southern Buh river dredging
11:51 Bunker prices show no significant changes at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:28 Nine vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 18-19
11:03 Freeport of Riga Authority set to enter new markets in 2018
10:40 Russian seaports of the Azov Sea handled 87.8 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 24.7% Y-o-Y
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 1.01% to $68.61, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.22% to $63.17
09:56 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:32 Royal IHC supports Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its Sponsor
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,139 points

2018 January 18

18:01 ABP South Wales ports see strong growth in 2017
17:39 Russian Union of Water Transport Workers congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
16:24 Fincantieri signs cooperation protocol with the autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the trade unions
16:02 MABUX: Bunker prices wait for the new market catalysts
15:33 Port of Marseille Fos and HAROPA launch new rail shuttle
15:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa and from Asia to the Mediterranean
14:32 Unifeeder adds Vlissingen to its service
14:19 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 17-18
14:02 Ocean Network Express receives all necessary merger approvals
13:50 RPK-Vysotsk-LUKOIL-II terminal received 10.06 mln t of export oil products in 2017
13:32 Part-load optimisation delivers significant fuel savings for MAN auxiliary engines
13:28 Van Oord supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
13:12 Rolls-Royce announces strategic review of Commercial Marine operation
12:50 Kerch ferry line carried 5.71 mln passengers in 2017, down 4% Y-o-Y
12:31 Wan Hai Lines to launch Japan Express Service to Singapore Malaysia
12:08 Port of Amsterdam receives LME certification
11:59 Vroon awarded multi-year charter for two PX-121 platform-supply vessels
11:36 Chevron Shipping awards global oil and LNG contract to GAC
11:05 German LNG Terminal launches Open Season
10:27 Brent Crude futures price up 0.14% to $69.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $64.19
10:04 FSUE Morsviazsputnik congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
09:42 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 43.17 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 7.5% Y-o-Y
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,164 points

2018 January 17

18:00 Federal Agency for Water Resources supports Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress
17:03 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Phaidra with Uniper
16:48 Sweden's Minister of Infrastructure visited World Maritime University
16:34 DNV GL launches certification framework and recommended practice for Carbon Capture and Storage
16:03 JAXPORT hires new Container Accounts Director