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Friday, October 22, 2021 

Antwerp-based Brabo Group has held a naming ceremony for a pair of vessels delivered by Damen Shipyards Group; a Multi Cat 1506 and a Multi Cat 1908, which will be used by the groups cleaning division, Brabo Cleaning Company, which has secured a contract with Port of Antwerp to maintain a pollution-free environment in the harbour.

Brabo required the vessels quickly. They were also looking for assets that were versatile enough to be potentially adapted to other uses in the future. Damen’s practice of building vessels in series was the answer to both these requirements; the two Multi Cats were already in stock, ready for adaptation to Brabo’s needs. Additionally, the vessels are configured modularly for easy adjustment going forwards.

The customisation of the Multi Cats was carried out by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, supported by Brabo Cleaning Company’s supplier, Van de Velden Pipe Inspections & Solutions. This included outfitting the vessels with a vacuum installation, oil booms, high pressure units in the pump room, hot water units, discharge pump and a grabber in the vessels’ crane to collect larger elements.

In the case of the Multi Cat 1506, the yard raised the wheelhouse in order to create space for the pump room. All of the cleaning equipment is installed modularly and can, therefore, be easily adjusted or removed in the future should the vessels take on different functions.

To perform their function effectively, the Multi Cats also require additional power. Damen has taken care of this with the installation of two extra generator sets.

Given the role the Multi Cats will fulfil in keeping the Port of Antwerp clean, it is crucial that their own performance be clean and efficient. Applying its in-house developed SCR technology, combined with a particle filter, Damen has significantly reduced the vessels’ NOx emissions. Performance is in line with Euro Stage V regulations for vessels operating in inland and coastal waters. The performance is also compliant with IMO Tier III for seagoing vessels.

Damen sales manager Benelux Luc Joos said: “This is the first time we have worked with Brabo Group and the cooperation has proven to be a good one. It’s not been without challenges, given that the order arrived on the same day as the first coronavirus lockdown began. However, we have managed to keep working safely during that time and to prepare the vessels to the client’s requirements. I wish Brabo success with their new Multi Cats and look forward to working together again in the future.”

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