The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512-class has been handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands.
The 35-metre 3512 has a bollard pull of 56 tonnes and is the largest shoalbuster built to date, Daman has said.
Work began on designing the vessel at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in February 2015, with the objective of delivering a multi-purpose workboat capable of undertaking roles including towing, mooring, pushing, anchor handling, dredge support, supplying and other support roles.
The propulsion system of the Noordstroom is powered by three 970kW Caterpillar C32 ACERT four-stroke diesel marine engines delivering a total of 2,910bkW at 1,800rpm.
The Noordstroom is the fifth Damen vessel to join the 14-strong Van Wijngaarden fleet.