Dutch shipbuilder waits for 18 inland shipping hulls

SHANGHAI: June 2019. Dockwise heavy lift vessel Black Marlin is on its way to Rotterdam with eighteen Concordia Damen inland shipping vessel hulls and a Damen crane barge 6324.

The hulls and crane barge had been constructed at yards in China and are scheduled to arrive in the Port of Rotterdam in mid-August where they will be towed to Concordia Damen and other local yards for outfitting. The crane barge will be delivered to the Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem.

Bert Duijzer, technical manager, Concordia Damen explained the rationale of using heavy lift vessels: “Sending one large vessel, with many smaller ones, is far more efficient that sending multiple small vessels. This way we are able to pass on the cost-efficiency we have gained in construction to our clients in Europe, at the same time as minimising the environmental footprint of our operations.

“On this particular shipment, most of the hulls have already been purchased, though one of them will be placed on stock. In the way, this process also ensures our clients of a very fast delivery of their new vessel.”

Based in Werkendam, some 40 minutes drive from Rotterdam, the Concordia Damen core business is designing and building inland waterway, offshore and seagoing vessels.

The company has delivered over 140 vessels with very different specifications to ship owners in the Netherlands, Europe and South America markets. Currently under construction for delivery in 2021 is a 140-cabin river cruise vessel that will operate in the northern Rhine region from Cologne to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brugge.