Damen floats dock in Curacao
Damen Shiprepair Curaçao’s (DSCu) new large floating C dock is now operational.
After final tests on 2 November the 230m by 45m Panamax-class dock was submerged on to the equalised seabed. With the help of local KTK pilots and tugs, DSCu’s nautical department then docked the first commercial ship, a 63,000 dwt bulkcarrier.
DSCu’s managing director, Lodewijk Franken, said: “It is highly rewarding to see the yard’s infrastructure today, following an intensive period of improvements, and to have the first ship in our C dock.”
“There was a breathtaking moment which the staff at the yard relived when watching the first commercial docking. [It] went smoothly,” he added.
The dock is one of two in which Damen has invested. Both arrived jointly at the Caribbean island in April 2018 and are part of a wider investment programme for DSCu following its takeover by Damen in 2017.
The smaller D dock, situated inside the C dock since their Atlantic crossing, was floated-out in October to be moored alongside the repair quayside. It is currently under test and is expected to be put into service later in November.
LATEST PRESS RELEASES
Verifying engine capacity of fishing vessels and fishing fleet capacity with accurate shaft power me... Read more
Recently Hydrex divers carried out six stern tube seal operations all across Europe in a very short ... Read more
Special Formwork, a UK based company specializing in the design and manufacture of steel formwork fo... Read more
When ISHIMA International Ship Management contacted Vickers Oils with an urgent enquiry, Vickers Oil... Read more
On September 19 2018, Peter Vickers was invited to speak at the 3rd North American Industrial Lubric... Read more