Inland waterway fleet delivered to Russia


A 19-vessel order of shallow-draught vessels has been delivered to the Russian port of De-Kastri for use on inland waterways.

Damen Shipyards Group delivered four workboats, four pusher tugs, seven pontoons and four side floaters to AAS Amur Assets Shipping, a joint venture set up by German heavy lift company Combi Lift to support its role in the construction of the Amur gas processing plant Gazprom, 150 kilometres from Russia's border with China.

The workboats and pusher tugs were loaded on to a heavy lift vessel at Rotterdam to make their way to the Sea of Okhotsk port.

The China-built 89-metre pontoons and 86-metre side floaters arrived at the same time.

Upon arrival, the fleet began to move much of the 176,000 tonnes of equipment that Combi Lift is responsible for bringing to the site of the new gas processing plant. This includes 12 columns weighing 900 tonnes each.

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