New model launched in Damen Shoalbuster range

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A new model in the Damen Shoalbuster range has been launched, by maritime solutions, design and construction experts Damen Shipyards Group. At a recent ceremony, The ultra-shallow, Shoalbuster 3514 SD was Christened Brutus, by Mrs Heere-van Eijk and the name was given on behalf of the leading tug and workboat company, Herman Sr.

At the event, Mr Jack van Dodewaard, Director of Herman Sr, thanked the team for their achievements, despite having to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Shoalbuster 3514 SD is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the range, with a substantial and versatile working platform, it measures 35 metres in length, nearly 14 metres wide and has a free deck space of 150m2.

With a draught of 2.85 metres at full tank capacity and just 2.45 metres at 50%, she is able to access waters inaccessible to other vessels of a similar size and capability.

Brutus will be deployed primarily for wind farm support and maintenance duties where her shallow draft will allow here to work near as well as offshore.

Speaking at the event, Jack van Dodewaard said: “The Van Dodewaard family, as Herman Sr B.V., are still very happy with the good and long-term cooperation with Damen Shipyards.

“For nearly 75 years, and across three generations, they have been our vessel supplier and we hope it will last for many more years. The fourth generation of the Van Dodewaards is taking over this year, with Erwin and Chris carrying on with the family business.”