The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512 class was recently handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services B.V. in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands.
At the ceremony, Mrs. Elske de Bruijn-de Vries officially named the vessel and made a speech praising the technical capabilities of the vessel.
With 35 meters in length, the 3512 is the largest Shoalbuster built to date.
Work began on designing the vessel at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in February 2015, with the objective of delivering a multi-purpose workboat capable of undertaking a wide range of roles including towing, mooring, pushing, anchor handling, dredge support, supplying and other support roles.
The propulsion system of the Noordstroom is powered by three 970 kW Caterpillar C32 ACERT 4-stroke diesel marine engines delivering a total of 2,910 bkW at 1,800rpm.
The middle engine is configured with a generator to supply electrical power to the hydraulic deck gear including the crane and winch, as well as the bow thruster.
The Noordstroom is the fifth Damen vessel to join the Van Wijngaarden fleet.