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  • 2019 December 13 16:03

    Windermere Lake Cruises new vessel launched in Damen Technical Cooperation project

    On 11th December, MV Swift was launched onto the waters of  Windermere in the Lake District National Park in the north west of England. Damen Shipyards Group is building the vessel on location via the Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) for Windermere Lake Cruises, the company said in its release.

    The latest addition to Windermere Lake Cruises’ fleet, at 34 metres, is slightly shorter than the company’s existing flagships, MV Swan and MV Teal. This will enable the vessel to dock at smaller jetties in the area, thereby providing economic stimulus to a wider pool of local businesses.

    With DTC, Damen is experienced in building vessels on location – even inland on projects like this one. For over 40 years, Damen has been supporting shipbuilding projects all over the world with DTC. DTC customers can choose the level of support they need – be it a vessel design, or a materials package, or a combination of design, materials, shipbuilding advice, assistance and training.

    Damen sales manager Mike Besijn said, “The DTC concept makes it possible to be a Damen customer wherever you are in the world. This is the first time in Damen’s history that we have built a vessel in the UK and we are incredibly proud to have this opportunity. This is a great example of how British and Dutch companies can work together. Working with Windermere Lake Cruises has been, and continues to be, a joy.”

    John Woodburn, Windermere Lake Cruises’ operations director, said, “It was two and a half years ago when we decided to invest in a new vessel, so today is a real milestone for Windermere Lake Cruises. It was also brilliant to see so many people come to watch at our Lakeside pier, from members of the public to TV, radio and newspaper crews. We’re now looking forward to working on MV Swift’s interior, with further extensive work planned before the vessel goes into service in mid-2020. Damen has done a fantastic job on this vessel and it’s been a great experience to work with them on this project, at their shipyard and here at Lakeside in recent months.  

    “Today was a real heart-in-mouth moment as the plan we’ve been working towards all came together at last. I’m delighted to say the launch went without a hitch and it’s tremendously satisfying to see MV Swift gracefully floating on Windermere’s surface. I’m sure I speak for the whole team when I say we can’t wait to welcome passengers onboard in the summer.”

    Windermere Lake Cruises operates a fleet of sixteen vessels currently. Throughout the year, these vessels take more than 1.6 million passengers on tours, day trips and evening functions on England’s largest natural lake. Windermere Lake Cruises is one of the UK’s most popular attractions.



    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 35 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 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, 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 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.






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