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Monday, November 22, 2021 

A Damen SPa 4207, the second patrol craft in an order of four Damen vessels for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, has been officially handed over in Kingston, Jamaica.

Construction on the vessel had already begun when the global pandemic struck and 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. The Damen Services vessel delivery teams worked to devise an alternative arrangement, transporting the vessel on board the BBC Congo, a heavy transport vessel. On arrival, the JDF’s new vessel was offloaded and, with a support fleet of smaller craft, was delivered to its base nearby.

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 been contracted for ILS services for this vessel.

Bram van der Plas, Damen Sales Manager, Caribbean, said: “We are very pleased to have completed this latest project for the JDF. The delivery of this vessel demonstrated the collaboration between and the adaptability of both the JDF and the Damen organisations. Keeping operations running smoothly has been an all-hands-on-deck situation with team members around the world stepping up to offer ideas that keep us on-track for our clients."

The four-vessel contract between Damen and the JDF saw the delivery of a FCS 5009 Patrol in 2020. Another SPa 4207 and a second FCS 5009 Patrol will be delivered in the years to come.

Van der Plas added: “Damen’s relationship with the JDF is one that is built on mutual trust and experience and we are proud to have successfully added another Damen vessel to their fleet. It has been quite a year, but clients have been flexible, and our teams have stepped up to the challenge of the moment to create solutions that help us ensure positive customer experiences and make sure our vessels continue to arrive in style.”

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