Just one month after signing the contract, Damen delivered the new Multi Cat 1908 SD (shallow draft) to the German energy infrastructure construction company Bohlen & Doyen Bau GmbH, a subsidiary of Friedrich Vorwerk. The ship, named salmonis the company’s first marine asset purchase in many years.
The 19.4-meter vessel has been purchased for use in a multi-year project supporting transmission system operator TenneT on offshore grid delivery systems in the North Sea. Bohlen & Doyen’s new acquisition will be used for a variety of support tasks in Germany’s coastal waters, including pushing and hauling barges, supplying fuel and water, moving equipment and personnel to and from work areas, and using its own crane across multiple scenarios. A minimum draft of only one meter would enable him to access waters that very few other ships could safely access. It’s not for nothing that Damen’s multi-cat is known as the Swiss Army Knives of the workboat world.
The German-flagged Multi Cat 1908 SD is specifically designed to operate in shallow waters, with an operational draft between 1.0 and 1.2 metres. In addition to the standard specification, Bohlen & Doyen ordered a tow hook, a wooden bulwark between the pusher brackets and additional tie-down points. A cooling radiator was also added to enable the generator to provide power while the ship was ashore. To further optimize the ship for her role, she was rigged to use Panolin GreenMarine biodegradable hydraulic oil to allow her to operate in the Wadden Sea.
Quick delivery was possible due to Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld vessel being in stock, ready for delivery after any modifications required by the customer. With hulls manufactured at Damen Shipyards Koźle in Poland, it is a 100% European built vessel.
“We are very pleased to add this very shallow vessel to our fleet, which provides us with an even broader range of applications in our hydraulic engineering division,” said Tim Hammeister, Chief Financial Officer of Bohlen & Doyen. “In particular, the very short delivery time and the quick execution of our special orders by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld convinced us.”
Joschka Böddeling, Damen Sales Director North West Europe says, “Bohlen & Doyen have been active in building energy infrastructure for more than 70 years, and we are very pleased that they have come to us on their first ship in a long time. We are confident that they will find it a valuable addition to their portfolio Their assets, capable of carrying out a wide range of activities wherever the water is.”