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DAMEN HANDS OVER SITE-BUILT LAKE CRUISE VESSEL

Friday, October 16, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group and Winander Leisure have signed a Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance for the official handover of ‘MV Swift’, a vessel to be operated by Windermere Lake Cruises.

According to Damen, this has been a unique project for the company, the vessel having been assembled by Damen inland on location at Windermere in the Lake District National Park in the UK. Over the past 40 years, Damen has delivered over 1.000 vessels via its Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) scheme, which enables the building of Damen vessels, anywhere in the world, at non-Damen locations. This is the first DTC project that the shipbuilder has carried out in the UK, with Damen building MV Swift in a lakeside car park owned by the client.

As well as being a UK National Park, the Lake District is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Damen has worked closely with both its client and the local community in order to ensure compliance with the robust regulations in place to protect this important environment.

MV Swift is the 17th vessel in the Windermere Lake Cruises fleet. She is to a unique design, tailored to Windermere Lake Cruises’ requirements. The company is one of the UK’s most popular attractions, with over 1.6 million visitors in a normal year.  Windermere Lake Cruises needed a vessel that was able to operate in a variety of weather conditions, year-round, picking up and dropping off passengers from small jetties around the lake. To those ends, MV Swift features covered decks with large windows and, at 34m, is slightly smaller than the company’s current flagships. 

Damen sales manager Mike Besijn said: “I am very happy to be delivering this special vessel. Working together on this with Windermere Lake Cruises, we have made the project into a success. This is a very unique way of building a vessel, requiring a lot of flexibility and we could not have done it without the support of our customer. Their operational experience has been priceless to us throughout the construction process. I would particularly like to thank MD Nigel Wilkinson and operations director John Woodburn for the excellent cooperation. It’s been a pleasure to work with them.”

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