De Boer Remorquage SARL orders two custom tugs for Guiana port operations
In February 2017, Damen was awarded the contract to build two custom, multi-purpose tugs for Baggerbedrijf De Boer B.V. (Dutch Dredging B.V.) on behalf of subsidiary De Boer Remorquage SARL.
Ordered for a 10-year contract that Dutch Dredging has signed with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane, the Water Injection Dredging Tug 2915 HYBRID and Azimuth Stern Drive 2310 SD Tugs are destined to operate in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana. Their primary function will be to assist ships with entering and leaving port and rendering help in the event of emergencies. Moreover, the tugs will serve a secondary role in assisting with maintenance dredging operations in and around these ports.
Joining Dutch Dredging with this project in Guiana is the IJmuidenbased Iskes Towage & Salvage, co-owners of the French subsidiary, De Boer Remorquage SARL. “While we know Iskes Towage and Salvage well, this is our first time working with Dutch Dredging,” Jos van Woerkum, Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld comments.
”Yet in just a few months we developed together the WID 2915 by taking an existing Damen design and adding the collective experience of the two project partners to create the optimum solution. The success of this deal was based on the trust and respect for each other’s knowledge that the counterparties quickly developed.”
Hugo de Graaf, Dutch Dredging CEO, commented,
We chose Damen for its reputation for designing and building both tugs and dredgers to a high standard. Together we have designed something really special.