• 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.




2017 October 24

10:11 Brent Crude futures price up 0.17% to $57.47, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.15% to $51.98
09:49 RF Government approves Rules for non-discriminatory access to natural monopolies’ services at seaports
09:17 NOVATEK signs cooperation agreement with Kamchatka Territorial Government
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,586 points

2017 October 23

18:06 Ocean Change requires solutions - UN Oceans Envoy
17:50 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed one cruise ship last week
17:36 Hyundai Heavy Industries contracts Kelvin Hughes to supply I Band and E/F Band SharpEye™ radars
17:06 Yang Ming provides North Europe-East Med Express
16:46 Cruise shipping season closes in Kiel
16:44 Black Sea Fleet major amphibious ship Azov completed visit in Pylos, Greek port
16:16 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade is planning subsidies to cover costs on construction of shipbuilding complex “Zvezda”
15:55 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 12.3% to 4.2 mln t in 9M’17
15:28 Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority announces 6.3-pct growth of cargo handling
15:03 Wärtsilä to supply waterjets for a new high speed ferry for Naviera Armas
14:32 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches third chemical carrier of Project RST27М built for BF Tanker
14:03 HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort puts into service three gantry cranes
13:37 305 units of large-size equipment for ZapSibNeftekhim delivered in navigation period of 2017 (photo)
13:10 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 12,170 in RF spot market
13:00 TTS Group ASA secures two new contracts with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard for delivery of two shipsets of cargo cranes and two shipsets of hatch covers
12:56 Port of Helsinki number of international cruise ship passengers up to 478,000 in 2017
12:47 WMU President delivered keynote opening address of Maritime Conference Bahamas 2017
12:26 Mexican port security officials undergone training on complying with IMO’s ISPS Code
11:58 ESL Shipping's LNG-powered dry cargo vessel Haaga successfully launched at Jinling Shipyard
11:31 Seatruck installs its own Optimarin BWT systems during normal service
11:15 Damen and Corrosion host anti-fouling seminar
10:41 Valcom LLC supports conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” as its Sponsor
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.26% to $57.90, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.52% to $52.11
10:02 Nakilat announces financial results for third quarter of 2017
09:49 Vympel Shipyard launches lead high-speed passenger-carrying hydrofoil of project 23160, Kometa 120М (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,578 points
02:14 Essar Projects congratulates GMB for inauguration of India’s first Ro-Ro ferry project

2017 October 22

15:47 Navantia and General Electric sign a license agreement
15:45 Maersk Line lands award for sustainability collaboration
15:43 Scorpio Bulkers announces the financing of a Kamsarmax vessel in Japan
15:42 Aker Solutions ASA posts results for Q3 2017
15:39 General Dynamics NASSCO christens USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams
15:36 Nb. 445 ‘Snow Crystal’ launched at the Westerbroek yard of Ferus Smit
15:34 Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement with GasLog LNG Services for eight LNG carriers

2017 October 20

18:31 Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd joins the ITS Finland network
18:10 Kari Wihlman appointed as Director-General of Finnish Transport Agency with effect from 1 January 2018
17:47 Rosmorport appoints Oksana Masyuk as Deputy Director for Economics and Finance of its Arkhangelsk Branch (photo)
17:19 Russian Railways's loading of export freight from ports increases by almost by 6% in 3 quarters of 2017
16:56 Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör expands capacity
16:28 USPA announced tender for construction of berth 1-z in Port of Odessa
16:03 Wärtsilä's asset and lifecycle management agreement lets GasLog concentrate on its core business
16:00 Wilson Sons Shipyards delivers SST-Aruá to SAAM SMIT
15:31 In 9M’17, TransContainer transported 1.31 mln TEUs, up 17.7% Y-o-Y
15:03 Otto Energy starts drilling of the ST 224 #1 well
14:29 Opening ceremony of Russian-Indian international Indra-2017 exercise held in Vladivostok
14:02 d’Amico International Shipping launches the first three LR1 vessels
13:30 Sea transport of Sevastopol carried 660,400 passengers in September 2017, down 3.2%, Y-o-Y
13:02 ICTSI orders hybrid RTGs for Manila flagship
12:44 Draft procedure for investment port duty assessment is available at federal portal for legal information (document)
12:22 Aker Solutions wins order for world's largest umbilicals system
12:19 APL starts new Korea China Straits service
12:05 LNG reloading station of Klaipėdos nafta applies highest safety standards
11:37 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters the port of Alexandria
11:08 Zvezda Shipbuilding complex, Rosnefteflot and Taimyrneftegaz agreed to build and operate 10 Arctic shuttle tankers
10:43 Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia”: registration is underway
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $57.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.33% to $51.46