PortandTerminal.com, August 12, 2019
ROTTERDAM – The semi-submersible heavy lift vessel Black Marlin has arrived at the Port of Rotterdam with a load of 18 prefabricated hulls for Damen, the Dutch shipbuilding yard.
The hulls and crane barge were constructed in China and shipped to Rotterdam for final outfitting at Concordia Damen and other local shipyards.
“Sending one large vessel, with many smaller ones, is far more efficient than sending multiple small vessels”
Damen says the idea of constructing the hulls in China and then shipping them to Europe, where there is a larger market for such vessels, is to save on costs.
“Sending one large vessel, with many smaller ones, is far more efficient than sending multiple small vessels,” says Bert Duijzer, technical manager at Concordia Damen. “This way we are able to pass on the cost efficiency we have gained in construction to our clients in Europe, at the same time as minimizing the environmental footprint of our operations.”
Ships being loaded onto the semi-submersible
The Damen Group is a Dutch defence, shipbuilding, and engineering conglomerate company based in the Netherlands. Though it is a major international group doing business in 120 countries, it remains a private family-owned company.
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