Damen adds new drydock capacity in Caribbean
Shipbuilder and repairer Damen has successfully inaugurated its new drydock in the Dutch Caribbean.
Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu), commissioned its large floating C dock. After the final tests had been carried out in the morning, the C Dock was submerged onto the prepared seabed. DSCu Nautical department, with the help of local KTK pilots and tugs subsequently docked the first commercial ship, a 63,400dwt bulker, thus putting the C dock into service.
“This marks a special milestone and we are very proud of this,” Lodewijk Franken, DSCu’s managing director commented about the 230 by 45m Panamax-class dock. “It is highly rewarding to see the yard’s infrastructure today, following an intensive period of improvements, and to have the first ship in our C dock.” It is one of two floating docks in which Damen has invested. Both docks arrived jointly at the Caribbean island of Curaçao on 30 April 2018 and are part of a wider investment programme for DSCu since its takeover by Damen in 2017.
The smaller D dock – which had been docked inside the C dock since their Atlantic crossing was floated-out in late October to be moored alongside the repair quayside. It is currently having electric power connected after which the pumps and valves can be tested. It is also expected to be put into service this month.
The two floating docks complement the existing facilities at the yard. The largest is the graving dock Antillia, one of the largest docks in the Caribbean which can accommodate vessels up to 270 x 44 m, has and a capacity of 150,000 tonnes. The second graving dock, Beatrix, has a capacity of 28,000 tonnes and can accommodate vessels up to 170 x 23 metres, with a draught of 6.3 metres.