DISCOVER Magazine #7

First Damen MAD for CEMEX

Published in category: Dredging & Marine Contracting

Damen has laid the keel of the Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) that it is building for CEMEX. The vessel – being built at Damen Shipyards Mangalia in Romania – represents a new standard in marine aggregate dredging. The vessel will be called CEMEX Go Innovation.

The construction of the new vessel will draw upon collaboration with multiple companies within the Damen Group, as well was with external partners. Damen has designed the future-proof vessel for long-lasting durability for operations in North Sea conditions over the coming decades. Particular attention has been paid to sustainability, safety and performance. The MAD will extract sand and gravel from the seabed at up to -55 metres.

CEMEX Marine Fleet Engineering Manager Mark Williams undertook the traditional role of welding the coins during the keel-laying ceremony. Three coins were used: a British Pound, a Dutch Guilder and a Romanian Leu. This respectively commemorates the regional base of the client, the home country of the shipbuilder and the location of the shipyard.

This is a fantastic investment for the future, allowing us to safely source the materials we need and enabling us to develop and grow in the UK and Europe,

said Kurt Cowdery, Director CEMEX Marine Aggregates.

Damen Area Director Frank de Lange added, “We are very much looking forward to the coming construction and to delivering the vessel to CEMEX next year – and also to seeing CEMEX Go Innovation in action, demonstrating her strong credentials.”

The keel-laying of the CEMEX Go Innovation marks the first such event since Damen took on the operational management of Damen Shipyards Mangalia in July 2018. Located on the Black Sea coast, the yard has three drydocks with a total length of 982 metres and 1.6 kilometres of berthing space. The 48 and 60 metre wide docks will allow Damen to cater for larger maritime vessels and structures.

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