The naming ceremony for the first of the two Damen Shoalbusters 3009 being built for marine solutions specialist SMIT Amandla Marine at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), was held on Thursday, 29 October 2015.
The Shoalbuster series of multi-purpose, shallow draught workboats are designed for inland and coastal waters.
The 30 meter Aukwatowa has a bollard pull of 24.5 tonnes and is fitted with a crane with a lifting capacity of up to 1.7 tonnes, making it suitable for towage, buoy-laying, pushing and all-round support duties.
These new vessels will carry out supply and support work for the De Beers Group’s offshore diamond mining activities out of Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape.
Meanwhile, the build of the second Shoalbuster for SMIT Amandla is proceeding smoothly and on schedule for delivery in 2016.