The second of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 2711 class was handed over to its owner Ports of Jersey recently in a christening ceremony held at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld.
First introduced in 2019, the compact, 27-metre Shoalbuster 2711 provides an extra two metres of beam compared to its predecessor, the Shoalbuster 2709, for extra space both on and below decks, as well as added stability, said Damen.
“The new Duchess delivers all the versatility for which the Shoalbuster range is well known and as well as the extra stability her additional two metres of beam keeps her into compliance with MLC regulations, making her easier to operate for clients working under the UK workboat Code. 43 tonnes of bollard pull establishes her towage credentials and, from the wide range of options available, she has been fitted with a large deck crane to assist in marine construction and other harbour works,” said Damen.
Anchor handling, dredge assistance and surveys are additional activities for which she is well suited.
At the christening ceremony on November 11, the Duchess was officially named by Ports of Jersey employee Fiona Planterose, after which she headed for Le Havre for her first assignment, a towing job.