Two cutter suction dredgers, type CSD500, are almost ready at Damen Shipyards Cape Town. The standard dredgers are prefabricated shipbuilding kits, which have been constructed in South Africa.
They have been built as per the Damen philosophy to build for stock to meet customer demand for a proven design at a reduced delivery time.
“Damen Shipyards Group owns yards around the world where standard dredgers are built to ensure an efficient delivery process at the best possible price-quality ratio. Our yard in Cape Town, which joined the Damen Group in 2007, serves the whole of sub-Saharan Africa” said Mr Friso Visser, Regional Sales Director. “As Africa is booming, the yard in Cape Town is a perfect location for these CSD500’s”.
The CSD500 dredgers have been built in Cape Town, making use of the “Prefabricated Shipbuilding Kit” principle. This kit has been supplied by Damen Dredging Equipment (The Netherlands) and includes all drawings, the dredge pump and its drive, the hydraulically operated winches and cutter unit, the control cabin as well as the hydraulic and electric installation.
All items were shipped to Cape Town in containers. The South African yard constructed the pontoons and installed all components.
The first dredger has just been commissioned by a DDE field service engineer.
Damen’s traditionally strong commitment in Africa combined with the strategic location of the yard has stimulated sales in the region.
About Damen Dredging Equipment
Damen Dredging Equipment is a specialised supplier of dredging equipment and dredging instrumentation & automation. The company, based in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, has over 70 years of experience in the construction of dredging equipment serving the worldwide dredging industry.
The dredging tools made are all built to specific customer requirements, making use of a wide range of standard equipment. The company is fully owned by the Damen Shipyards Group.
Damen Shipyards Cape Town: building in Africa for Africa
DAMEN Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) is part of the Damen Shipyards group. Damen employs over 6,000 people, operates 40 shipyards worldwide and delivers up to 150 vessels every year. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept and short delivery times, Damen is able to guarantee constant quality.
DSCT builds offshore patrol vessels, dredgers, tugs, naval craft and platform supply vessels, especially for clients on the African continent. With a BBBEE-rating of 3 and a substantial NIP-offset, Damen is truly embedded in South Africa and committed to building high-quality ships.
Dredging Today Staff, June 5, 2012; Images: DAMEN