• 2017 November 17 17:36

    Damen supports team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

    Damen Shipyards Group has announced its partnership with team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race. The Dutch shipbuilding company has provided onshore workshop containers that act as mobile technical operations areas for the team’s supporting shore crews, enabling the team to achieve its aims. In this respect, the partnership was a natural choice for DAMEN that parallels the way in which the group works with its clients.

    Damen Project Manager Olivier Stuip explains: “We saw an opportunity to support team AkzoNobel with the experience we have gained in providing services to our customers. DAMEN operates yards and Service Hubs all over the world, from which we assist our clients in keeping their vessels performing safely and optimally. Applying our understanding of logistics and partnering we have developed with the team a support package to assist them in their Volvo Ocean Race attempt.”

    The Volvo Ocean Race is a gruelling round-the-world yacht race, held every three years. The 2017-18 edition started in Alicante, Spain on 22 October 2017. The course circumnavigates the world, crossing four oceans as the distance tally reaches more than 80,000 kilometres before finishing in The Hague, the Netherlands in June 2018.

    A new name in the world of ocean yacht racing, team AkzoNobel is a Dutch team, skippered by double America’s Cup winner Simeon Tienpont. The team’s principal sponsor, AkzoNobel, is a leading global paints and performance coatings company and major producer of speciality chemicals, supplying essential ingredients, protection and colour to industries and consumers worldwide.

    For the 2017-18 edition, DAMEN has supplied two workshop containers to team AkzoNobel. These will ‘leapfrog’ each other as the race progresses on its 11-leg course around the world, thus ensuring that the team will have workshop facilities available at all times.

    “I have worked with workshop containers for other sailing teams in the America’s Cup, but this is something else,” states Bryce Ruthenberg, team AkzoNobel shore crew manager and reserve sailor. “It was new for DAMEN to outfit us for the Volvo Ocean Race, but they have taken things to a new level. They have been very cooperative and understanding – coming up with lot of professional advice and ideas.”

    “We will use these DAMEN containers onshore as an efficient workshop for our team,” he says. “We strive to be 100% both on and off the water. And achieving 100% out of the water is going to help us win on the water. Teaming up with DAMEN and having a quality like this really fits in with our way of thinking.”

    Mr Ruthenberg worked with DAMEN to coordinate the outfitting and delivery of the containers. “Coming from the yachting industry and seeing such a professional shipyard in production and working as it does is super impressive,” he says.

    Damen called on its extensive network of suppliers, normally involved in the company’s shipbuilding operations, to supply the equipment for the two containers. These business partners included the following companies:

    •    Den Breejen: painting
    •    Franssen Groep: insulation
    •    Caru: containers
    •    Can der Peijl Techniek: tools and equipment
    •    Pooters: delivery of marine panels
    •    Eekels: electrical installation
    •    De Ruijter: floor covering
    •    Van Caetenburgh: graphic design
    •    Esbi: decals

    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.

    Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of sixteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.





2017 December 15

18:20 Onezhsky Shipyard launched self-propelled hopper Silnaya (photo)
18:06 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Marstein
17:06 The Port of Gdansk to expand the Oliwskie Quay
16:50 Russia’s State Duma approves ensuring the priority of ships flying RF flag in the segment of short-sea shipping
16:21 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:34 Construction at NIBULON’s transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv is in full swing
14:45 Klaipėdos Nafta and Eesti Gaas begin cooperation in small-scale LNG distribution business
14:18 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Korea Shipowners’ Association as first sub-Arctic member
13:51 Baltic Workboats delivered 24m combat pollution and diving support vessel to Port of Klaipeda
13:29 WMU Executive Board 21st Session meets in London
12:56 Marine Recruiting Agency launches training project for Rosterminalugol
12:33 Skangas to source LNG at import terminal on Isle of Grain, UK
12:10 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 9.6% to 933 million tons in Jan - Nov 2017
11:58 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company holds training with participation of crane ships crew
11:32 Africa maritime cooperation centre launched
11:09 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14% to 13.1 mln t in 11M’17
10:44 Brent Crude futures price up 0.11% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $57.26
10:30 Rolls-Royce delivers first mobile MTU gas engines for Rederij Doeksen
10:11 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 39.21 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 6.5% Y-o-Y
09:57 IAA PortNews offers video of virtual round-table meeting “Best practices of coal transshipment in Russian ports”
09:32 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,668 points
09:16 GTT signs new Global Services Agreement with Chevron Transport Corporation
08:25 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Post-Panamax class dry-bulk vessel
07:05 Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes
06:04 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
05:04 The Foundation Det Norske Veritas assumes full ownership of DNV GL
04:43 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion wins contract for first European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO

2017 December 14

18:03 Bunker prices still maintain the potential for growth
18:02 Pacific centre launches on low-carbon shipping mission
17:37 Gazprom and Shell to handle oversized equipment for Baltic LNG at Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:29 Key decisions from MEPC 71 related to implementing BWM Convention outlined at BWMTech London Conference
17:05 Ulstein and TTS shortlisted for OSJ Innovation Award
16:35 HHI Group receives support of LR in building an LNG-fuelled future
16:05 Aker Solutions secures subsea services agreement with Statoil
15:50 Commercial Sea Port of Kandalaksha handled 1.46 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 3 times Y-o-Y
15:36 Special issue of PortNews magazine published for Transport Week is available online
15:25 United Nations experts endorse RF initiative
15:07 BASF extend their fleet with another Konecranes barge handler
14:52 Infrastructure development will be one of priorities of Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term
14:45 CMA CGM launches new, innovative and complementary set of products
14:03 Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships
13:31 CLdN adds fourth weekly sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge
13:01 GTT and Korean DSEC sign Technical Assistance and License Agreement
12:29 IMO encourages member countries to ratify and enforce the London Protocol to prohibit dumping at sea
12:00 Bahri welcomes Abdullah Aldubaikhi as new CEO
11:30 Bunker fuel is still in short supply at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:01 Port of Oakland import volume ahead of last year’s pace
10:40 Outright prohibition of heavy fuel in the Arctic is not reasonable – maritime administrations of Russia and Finland
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.58% to $62.8, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.18% to $56.7
10:14 ABS awarded contract by Cenac Marine Services to support compliance with US Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements
09:59 Russia and Finland have similar positions on double control of fuel used by vessels
09:30 Amsterdam joins the ‘Premier League’ in the ethanol market
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,730 points
08:28 APL introduces mobile application for container tracking
07:02 Port of Felixstowe handles 1 million TEU by rail

2017 December 13

18:32 The European Ports Forum assembles in Brussels
18:07 Samskip adds 100 rail wagons to its fleet
17:58 Rosmorport taps Sergey Simonov as Deputy General Director
17:31 SENSREC project to continue support Bangladesh to comply with international requirements towards accession to the IMO ship recycling treaty
17:25 CMA CGM issues update on winter surcharge on imports into St Petersburg, Ust-Luga & Bronka (Russia)