• 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 April 28

18:20 SCF Group recognized at 2016 Marine Money awards for USD 750-million Eurobond issue
18:11 ABP Humber appoints Chris Bowlas as new Head of Commercial
18:01 Kiel Ostuferhafen expansion enters fifth phase
17:58 Norwegian Сruise Line takes delivery of first purpose-built ship for China
17:50 Bunker prices sink at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
17:27 Ships of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet take part in exercises
17:03 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg handled 157,600 TEUs in QI’2017, up 7.8% Y-o-Y
16:42 Skangas wins framework agreement for LNG supply
16:18 FESCO opens Kuntsevo-2 to refrigerated containers
16:00 Throughput of Taganrog Commercial Sea Port up 38% to 320,000 t in QI’2017
15:34 Throughput of Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) up 30% to 1.28 mln t in QI’2017
15:10 Tuco presents new light dive boat - LDV Light Diving Vessel
14:51 IMO arranged a series of national workshops focused on biofouling
14:35 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) increased financing of its development programme by 41%
14:12 Gazprom posts IFRS net profit of RUB 951.6 bln in 2016 (up 21%, year-on-year)
13:47 Training course aimed at assessment of seafarer competence is being held in Shanghai
13:23 Andrei Iovlev appointed as Harbour Master of Rostov-on-Don port (photo)
12:59 Throughput of Tuapse Commercial Seaport up 1.5% to 4.24 mln t in QI’2017
12:28 Throughput of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg up 4.6% to 1.8 mln t in QI’2017
12:01 Keppel Shipyard to deliver twelfth FPSO to BW Offshore
11:44 Volga-Baltic transit to be opened from April 30
11:36 Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd sale and purchase agreement approved
10:57 Roman Chesnokov appointed as head of Administration of IWW's Ob-Irtysh Basin
10:25 Vympel Shipyard launches yet another Grachonok-class boat of Project 21980 (photo)
10:02 Kiel Ostuferhafen expansion enters fifth phase
09:39 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,134 points
09:18 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)

2017 April 27

18:41 MacGregor divests Woodfield Systems
18:04 ABS awarded the Offshore & Marine Engineering Award
17:58 IMO joined the 3rd Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting
17:40 DHT Holdings announces receipt of unimproved proposal from Frontline
17:35 AIDAdiva kicks off the cruise season in Rostock-Warnemünde
17:20 IMO’s Legal Committee is expected to consider adopting a resolution to encourage ratification and implementation of 2010 HNS Convention
17:04 Swire Pacific Offshore wins Excellence in Manpower Training and Development award
16:49 Rasul Sultanov appointed as Chairman of Astrakhan Region Government (photo)
16:34 Bentec enters the substantial North American oilfield equipment market
16:18 SCF Group recognized at 2016 Marine Money awards for USD 750-million Eurobond issue
16:04 Seabourn and ACTA announce Corporate Partnership agreement through 2017
15:58 Record number of cruise passengers spend 63 million euro in Stockholm
15:41 Hyundai Heavy Industries posts profits of 618.7 bln won for 1Q 2017
15:40 AIDA Cruises takes delivery of AIDAperla in Nagasaki from Mitshubishi Heavy Industries
15:30 Keppel FloaTEC secures engineering and construction support services contract for first Tension Leg Wellhead Production Platform in Vietnam
15:04 Deltamarin’s bulk carrier design shortlisted for Nor-Shipping Awards
15:04 Prosafe awarded Johan Sverdrup contract
14:41 IMO Secretary-General speaks at the 1st Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization
14:18 IMO attended International Forum on Seafarers' Education, Training & Crewing
13:57 Record number of visitors at Intermodal Asia 2017
13:52 Global bunker market: the volatility remains, expert says
13:29 NOVATEK and Rosneft confirm plans on implementation of projects in Murmansk Region – Marina Kovtun
13:02 ShipRight FastTrack(FT) enables ship designers to cope with the demand for increased FE Analysis scope
12:37 MAN Diesel & Turbo presents new high-pressure SCR for two-stroke engines
12:16 DP World reports 5.7% gross volume growth in first quarter of 2017
12:13 Bunker prices are flat staying high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:50 RF Transport Ministry suggests NSRA reorganization and authorization for additional functions (photo)
11:05 Vitaly Klyuev forecasts up to 50 large ships and 200 service fleet units to operate permanently on NSR in years ahead
10:42 NIBULON’s fleet will be increased significantly
10:18 HH Ferries Group has docked Tycho Brahe for completion of battery conversion
09:56 Brent Crude futures price down 0.42% to $52.19, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.52% to $49.36
09:34 LUKOIL BoD recommended 2016 dividends distribution in the amount of RUB 120 per ordinary share
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,147 points