Damen Marine Components (DMC) has announced the company’s first multi-vessel order in the United States. C&C Marine & Repair, located on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Belle Chasse, La., will build four Multi Cat 3013s, which will be delivered this year.
Two of the vessels will go to Galveston, Texas-based Callan Marine, which specializes in dredging and marine construction. C&C will build the other two “on spec,” with the vessels to be offered for sale or lease in the United States.
Damen’s Multi Cat 3013 measures just under 100 feet long and 41 feet wide, with an 8.5-foot draft and 37 tons of bollard pull. The forthcoming vessels will have accommodations for a crew of seven, along with two deck cranes, a bow thruster, and winches for pulling, anchoring, towing and anchor handling. Damen will supply winches, steering gears, rudders and a pair of towing pin systems to C&C for each of the vessels.
The vessel components are all designed by Damen and manufactured at one of the company’s production facilities in the Netherlands, Poland and China.
“It gives us great pleasure to be able to show to the U.S. market that we design and build equipment that vessel owners and operators can depend on for reliability and minimal downtime over the long term,” said Ronald Beekhof, sales manager for Damen. “Our thanks go to C&C Marine for giving us this opportunity, and we look forward to supporting them throughout the installation and commissioning process.”
The Multi Cats will be workhorses in Callan’s fleet, equipped to efficiently reposition pipelines, shift anchors, tow barges and offer on-deck storage to facility dredge operations. According to Damen, the winches aboard the Multi Cats will all feature gearboxes that adjust in real time to the needed pulling force. Doing so makes the winches operate more efficiently and maximizes safety.
“Our dredges depend on these working vessels to complete large-scale public and private projects,” said Arie van den Adel, chief operating officer for Callan Marine. “We are proud to have the quality of winches provided by DMC on these important new builds.”
Tony Cibilich, owner of C&C Marine, said Damen has a long track record of designing and manufacturing robust equipment for the maritime industry.
“We have full confidence that Damen Marine Components’ equipment will deliver years of trouble-free service to our client, Callan Marine,” Cibilich said. “DMC’s products can be found all over the world, and it has a strong reputation in the international market. We look forward to doing business with them again in the future.”
Damen expected delivery of all four Multi Cats this year.
The two forthcoming Multi Cats won’t be the only vessels C&C will deliver to Callan this year. The shipyard is nearing completion of a new 32-inch cutter suction dredge for Callan. The dredge, which will measure 290 feet by 72 feet and offer a maximum dredging depth of 97 feet, will be a sister vessel to Callan’s General MacArthur, also built at C&C Marine.