Customised Stan Launches for Multraship port operations
Earlier this year, Damen delivered two Stan Launch 804s vessels to leading towage and salvage operator Multraship, for its line handling and boatmen service companies in the Port of Terneuzen, the Netherlands. The two vessels, Montis 5 and VB2, were built at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Multraship had some very specific requirements for the vessels, including increased manoeuvrability and flexibility for operation in confined spaces, combined with the extra power to operate as a tug with push bow. To meet these needs, Damen’s design and engineering team at the Maaskant yard customised the proven 8.62 metre Stan Launch 804 design – increasing the bollard pull from 1.4 tonnes to 3.2 tonnes, adding an 11 kW bow thruster and 900 millimetre propeller nozzle and more than doubling installed power to 182 kW. Additional client specifications included limiting the air draught to a maximum of 2.75 metres, so that the vessels can sail under open pier structures. The mast can be quickly folded for further reduction. The vessels have been customised to handle the size and weight of large seagoing vessels’ mooring lines and are fitted with Mampaey quickrelease towing tanks. A capstan with a pull force of 750 kg has been installed and the vessels can transport up to 450 kg cargo on their wooden, anti-slip decks.