Delivery in partnership with Smit Lamnalco
Smit Lamnalco and Damen have developed a close working relationship, with six Damen-built vessels being delivered to the oil and gas terminal towage and associated marine services provider over the past 18 months alone.
One of the most recent deliveries is SL Kiwi, Smit Lamnalco’s second Damen Stan Tug 2208 type, 39.4 tonnes bollard pull rated tug. SL Kiwi is identical to the 2012-delivered SL Kittiwake which is working on the same Single Point Mooring project, primarily assisting with buoy maintenance operations.
Built at the Damen yard in Gorinchem, SL Kiwi and its sister are essentially constructed to standard designs, but have a number client-specific features, such as an open stern with a removable bulwark top plate. The client also selected a number of optional ‘extras’ such as a deck crane and fuel oil separator unit.
Herm Jan de Vries, Smit Lamnalco’s New Build Manager, says: “The SL Kittiwake has been delivering good performance so we decided to opt for the same design. By having a sister ship working in tandem we expect to see benefits in the supply chain in terms of spares and consumables, as well as in carrying out maintenance work.” Smit Lamnalco further points out that Damen was able to provide the vessel extremely quickly, thanks to its ‘in stock’ policy for standard vessels.
Smit Lamnalco has also recently taken delivery of the SL Mbissi, its first Damen Shoalbuster type vessel. The shallow water workboat, which was built by Damen at its Hardinxveld shipyard, is 24.82m long overall, with a draught of 1.8m, and has a potent bollard pull rating of 19.7 tonnes.
The Hardinxveld building yard and our own supervision team have together delivered a high quality vessel with excellent operational performance.
SL Mbissi, a Damen Shoalbuster 2508 SD type tug, will join a workboat fleet already operating in Gabon for Smit Lamnalco and has been specially designed for operations in Gabonese waters with a particular draft limitation, in order to pass a bar in the river mouth. Mr De Vries says: “Damen has achieved a very good combination of the standard Shoalbuster and our specific requirements for this operation. The Hardinxveld building yard and our own supervision team have together delivered a high quality vessel with excellent operational performance, which has resulted in a very quick start-up and vessel acceptance process.”
Customised features included around 1m of extra length compared with a standard design and lighter main engines. This enabled a reduction of around 20cm compared to the standard draft of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308 SD design.