Damen Stan Patrol 4207 delivered to the Jamaican Defence Force

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A Damen SPa 4207, the second vessel in an order of four Damen vessels for the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard, has been officially handed over in Kingston, Jamaica. Construction on the vessel had already begun when the global pandemic struck.

The rapid spread of the virus meant that upon completion of the vessel, pandemic travel restrictions made it unfeasible to arrange a crew to deliver her on own keel since the crew would not be permitted to return to their home countries once they arrived in Jamaica. Not to be deterred, the Damen Services vessel delivery teams worked to devise an alternative arrangement.

The SPa 4207 was loaded in Hai Phong Harbour in June 2021. COVID measures prevented Damen’s heavy lift team from being present to supervise her loading, but a local team was called upon to ensure the vessel was carefully loaded and properly secured. Once final checks had been made, the BBC Congo, and her precious cargo, sailed East across the South Pacific and through the Panama Canal, before arriving, just under two months later, in Kingston, Jamaica.

Mr. Rimmert Berlijn, Service Coordinator, Delivery, Damen Heavy Lift said, “The successful delivery of this vessel really came down to teamwork, collaboration, and everybody’s willingness to be flexible in finding solutions to the challenges of these times. It is always nice working with the JDF, and we are proud to continue our partnership with them”.

Damen Services has also been contracted for ILS services for this vessel.