First Damen docking is a lift for Sydney City Marine
New cradle carries the load for first tugboat refurbishment at Sydney yard.
Sydney City Marine has completed its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Damen Shipyards Group last year.
The vessel in question was the Svitzer Warang, a Damen ASD 2810 owned by global towage operator Svitzer. Sydney City Marine was contracted by Svitzer to carry out a five-year special survey on the vessel, completing the work just before Christmas.
“We performed a full-on scope of works on this tug,” said Sydney City Marine director Brenton Fischer. “This included all Lloyd’s Register requirements. We also gave her a full paint job – blasting and painting above and below the water line. All finished on time and on budget.”
Fischer said the project was also notable because it was the first time that Sydney City Marine had used its new ship cradle.
“This cradle can handle tugs of up to 500 tonnes – meaning that we can receive the majority of the harbour tugs on the east coast of Australia,” he said. “It is great to see this cradle come to fruition. And, with Damen’s assistance with the design, it is a big achievement for all involved.”
In accordance with the MOU between the two companies, Damen provided technical assistance, engineering capacity and any necessary parts and equipment through its Service Hub in Brisbane.
“This has been a very successful project,” said Damen Service Hub manager, Andrew Stevens. “We had a field service engineer working on demand down in Sydney. His role was to give technical support and clarify certain aspects. In terms of communication, this docking has really been a good demonstration of our ability to work together.”
Stevens also emphasised the importance of the yard’s new cradle.
“This cradle gives the yard massive potential for taking on bigger projects. Sydney City Marine is now a big competitor on the Australian east coast.”
Damen regional service manager, Onno Piesens, said the docking was the type of project that Damen had in mind when it signed the MOU with Sydney City Marine.
“It is a cooperative relationship that owners of Damen-built vessels active in Australia and New Zealand can really benefit from,” he said.