Damen signs contract with Canada’s Group Ocean for two Modular Multi Cats
Recently, Damen signed a contract with Canada-based Group Ocean for the delivery of two Modular Multi Cats 1205. The vessels, which are made of standard, container sized units for easy transportation anywhere in the world, will serve as dredging support vessels on an oil sands project in the north of Canada. The contract fits with Group Ocean’s vision to become a world class organisation and a trusted partner for its clients.
From left to right: Martin Plante (Assistant Manager, Purchasing and Infrastructures, Group Ocean), Daan Dijxhoorn (Damen Regional Sales Manager North American, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem)
The location of the oil sands tailings ponds upon which the Multi Cats will work is inland and not easily accessible by water. The modular nature of the vessels means that they can be easily transported to site by truck and then quickly assembled for operation on location. The modularity of the design also makes any future relocations straightforward.
Tommy Theriault, Business Development Director for Ocean Marine Works and Dredging, explained: “In addition to the ease with which we can transport these vessels to inaccessible locations quickly and cost-effectively, Damen’s standardized shipbuilding process meant that they already had one of the vessels on stock for extremely fast delivery.”
It will also allow us more flexibility for future development across Canada.