Sydney City Marine has completed its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Damen Shipyards Group last year. The works signify the successful cooperation between Damen Services in the Netherlands, the Damen Service Hub in Brisbane and Sydney City Marine.

The vessel in question was Svitzer Warang, a Damen ASD 2810 owned by global towage operator Svitzer. Sydney City Marine was contracted by Svitzer to carry out a 5-year special survey on the vessel. The Svitzer Warang left the yard just before Christmas 2016.

“We performed a full-on scope of works on this tug,” explains Sydney City Marine Director Brenton Fischer. “This included all Lloyd’s Register requirements. We also gave her a full paint job – blasting and painting above and below the water line. All finished on time and on budget.”

The project is also notable because it was the first time that Sydney City Marine used its new ship cradle. “This cradle can handle tugs of up to 500 tonnes – meaning that we can receive the majority of the harbour tugs on the east coast of Australia,” continues Mr Fischer. “It is great to see this cradle come to fruition. And, with Damen’s assistance with the design, it is a big achievement for all involved.”