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Damen Shipyards teams up with BigLift to bring 11 tugs to Europe

Damen Shipyards and leading heavy lift specialist BigLift Shipping have completed a major logistical feat. A single vessel has transported 11 Damen tugs from the shipbuilder’s yards in Vietnam and China to Europe.

While such voyages usually require six months to plan and organise, this one had less than two months to prepare and ensure that each stage was executed on time. The ship used to transport the Damen tugs was BigLift’s Happy Star, a 156m heavy lift vessel equipped with two heavy lift mast cranes of 1100mt each.

Happy Star departed Halong Bay, Vietnam, for Europe on the fourth of April and arrived 38 days later at Vigo, Spain, to unload one vessel before continuing on to Rotterdam. It will arrive there on the 19thof May to unload the remaining ten.

Such mass deliveries do not take place often as it is rare that so many vessels are ready to be despatched at the same time. The last such event occurred in 2015 when Happy Star transported 22 vessels of various types on the same route.

However, this brings advantages versus delivering vessels on their own hulls. These include having the vessels and their equipment arriving in pristine condition.

The marine environment also benefits from having fewer emissions with just one ship, albeit a larger one, doing all the work. These outcomes align well with Damen’s commitment to sustainability and operational excellence.

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