• 2019 June 27 15:54

    Damen signs contract with Baleària for Eco-efficient tug in Port of Ciutadella

    Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Spain-based major ferry operator Baleària for the delivery of a Stan Tug 1606 E3. The contract was signed by Mr. Ettore Morace and Mr. Guillermo Alomar, executive director of operations and fleet director of Baleària respectively and Carlos Gonzalez Martin on behalf of Damen. The vessel is an answer to increasing demands for sustainability in the maritime industry. It will be the first IMO Tier III compliant tug to operate in the Mediterranean Sea and the first Damen vessel to serve in Baleària’s fleet.

    Baleària has acquired the tug to reinforce the operation of its vessels in the harbour of Ciutadella – Menorca. The tug, which arrived on June 26th, is named Rolon Plata II, after Rolon Plata; the name of the first ferry operated in the Port of Ciutadella by Flebasa – the precursor to Baleària – in 1993.

    Baleària required a compact, powerful tug to give towage assistance and one that should be ready to take up its role in the quickest possible timeframe. Thanks to Damen’s philosophy of standardised shipbuilding in series, the tug was on stock ready for delivery just four weeks following order. Damen has delivered more than 80 Stan Tug 1606 vessels to clients during the last 15 years. Despite its standard design Damen has tailored the vessel to Baleària’s requirements

    This includes outfitting the vessel with FiFi capabilities, oil recovery kit and inclusion of a NOX Reduction System, an advanced active emissions control system using SCR technology for NOX reductions of approx. 70% compared to a conventional vessel and aligned with IMO Tier III. With the additional noise reduction associated with the system, this is an important feature for a vessel that will operate in Menorca – a biosphere reserve. The system is easy to fit at any stage of the shipbuilding process, or as a retrofit. It is available for inclusion on all vessels in Damen’s next generation of tugs. It is notable in its compactness, enabling emissions compliance even in a relatively small tug.  Application of the system onboard the proven Damen Stan Tug 1606 gives the vessel Damen’s E3 accreditation, being environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable.

    Baleària, a leading ferry operator serving routes in Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and North Africa, has committed itself to increased sustainability in its operations, in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For the company this has involved constructing new RoPax vessels using dual-fuel LNG propulsion, as well as the conversion of existing vessels.

    “This next-generation tug will be able to meet the needs of all operators, as well as being available for salvage and rescue in the area," said Baleària's General Director of Operations, Ettore Morace.

    Damen Sales Manager Carlos Gonzalez Martin said, “We as Damen, are very proud to play a role in supporting Baleària in bringing this proven Damen vessel – environmentally friendly and fitted with efficient technology – to the beautiful and ecologically important Balearic Islands. The cooperation between our two companies has been excellent, very smooth and efficient, enabling us to comfortably deliver her on schedule. This is in no small part due to our shared commitment to the further development of a sustainable maritime industry.”



    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers around 175 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, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

    Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen 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, including the longest, 420 x 80 metres, and the widest, 405 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 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.


    Baleària
    Baleària is a leading shipping company in the transport of passengers and cargo in connections with the Balearic Islands, and also connects Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands with the Iberian peninsula. In the international field, it offers services in Morocco, Algeria and the Caribbean (between the United States and the Bahamas).

    The shipping company is a global pioneer in the use of natural gas: by 2020, nine ships in its fleet will sail with this fuel, which reduces polluting emissions. Among new constructions and refits, the company’s investment reaches 362 million euros in a fleet of smart ships that combine eco-efficiency and digitalisation. In addition, the company is working on opening new international traffic, both in North Africa and the Caribbean.

    In 2018, Baleària transported more than 4,300,000 passengers and 5,800,000 linear metres of cargo. In addition, its fleet of 31 vessels sailed almost 1.4 million miles. The company employs more than 1,600 employees.




2019 September 16

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17:59 GOGL increases investment in Singapore Marine
17:50 Pella launched first serial trawler of Project 03095, Castor
17:25 Tenders on pilot projects for stevedoring company concessions in Olvia and Kherson ports officially announced
17:04 Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery
16:29 USCG halts 2 illegal charters near Miami, Fort Lauderdale
16:04 Royal Caribbean to welcome first Quantum Ultra Class ship to North America
15:27 Boluda Towage Spain manoeuvres world’s largest container ship in port of Algeciras
15:04 Cargill and Maersk Tankers join forces in the Medium Range segment
14:10 Zvezda shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for third Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:39 Jotun transforms turnaround times for storage tanks with a new TankFast solution
13:16 North Sea Port starts testing more reliable lockage planning for scheduled services in the Terneuzen lock
12:42 Meyer Turku is moving the delivery of Costa Smeralda to November
12:18 AEC welcomes Guggenheim Partners Investment Management as Arctic Partner
11:55 Professional emergency response team of Kontur SPb LLC recommended to be certified for emergency response to oil spills
11:21 Workshop on ISPS Code for Designated Authority and Port Facility Security Officers held in Ghana
10:53 IMO continues work to promote ratification of international treaty covering wreck removal
10:29 GESAMP celebrates fifty years of service in ocean science
10:04 Busan Port Authority and Adani Ports & SEZ conclude MOU
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08:44 ECSA, INTERFERRY, EUDA and CLIA Europe welcome report on the evaluation of the Energy Taxation Directive
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 16
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2019 September 15

15:47 M/V "SARA” refused access to the Paris MoU region
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2019 September 14

15:29 Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after protest demonstration
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2019 September 13

18:06 Sture terminal situation normalised
17:47 Malaysia encourages gender diversity in the maritime industry
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17:06 Frontline extends expiry date of first option for two Trafigura Suezmax tankers
16:30 ABP to welcome Royal Navy’s HMS Grimsby into Port of Grimsby
16:25 Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System chosen for retrofitting to four Korean vessels
16:05 Multi Modal Rail B.V. (MMR) launches rail service between Rotterdam and Ottmarsheim, France
15:48 ABP and WISTA UK host 'Women in Maritime' reception during LISW
15:09 Shearwater GeoServices awarded large South America survey
14:26 ABB enables emissions-free port stay in Marseille for Corsica Linea ferries
14:09 Start of the project “Dredging the Nieuwe Diep – Port of Den Helder”
13:45 First ever ABB electric propulsion to be installed on board a bulk carrier
13:20 Port of Oakland opens peak season with cargo volume growth
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12:09 MOL starts demonstration test of vessel image recognition system using AI technology on Nippon Maru
11:28 RS introduces new requirements into Part I of Rules for Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships
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09:51 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
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09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,331 points
09:10 Antwerp and Rotterdam Port Authorities ask new European Commission and Parliament to focus on the economic significance of ports
09:03 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 13