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DAMEN TO SUPPLY STEERING GEAR FOR FOUR COASTAL NEWBUILDS

DAMEN TO SUPPLY STEERING GEAR FOR FOUR COASTAL NEWBUILDS

Friday, January 14, 2022 

Damen Marine Components (DMC) has been awarded a contract for Optima nozzles, piston-type steering gear and Timon flap rudders for four coasters being built by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards (TB Shipyards).

The steering gear for these ships will be supplied plug-and-play, which is intended to save considerable time during the final installation on board. DMC will supply various systems to TB Shipyards for the four identical coasters, which will measure 118m x 14.3m x 6.2m. Most striking are the Van der Velden Piston-type steering systems to be fitted on the ships. DMC will build this steering gear in its own workshop in Hardinxveld-Giessendam.

The complete steering gear on a foundation, including starters, cylinders and all other necessary parts, will be lifted on board at TB Shipyards in the steering gear room and connected to the rudder. Installation therefore takes only a fraction of the time that would have been required if everything had to be installed separately.

Leo van Zon, DMC Area Sales Manager, said: "TB Shipyards opted for a plug-and-play version in order to have the steering gear delivered and installed very quickly and efficiently. Building components as efficiently as possible on one frame and testing them in your own workshop creates a complete product of high quality and functionality. This saves time during the outfitting and installation, which is usually carried out by the yard. With the installation of plug-and-play steering gear, very little can go wrong, which minimises risks during outfitting, but also during the life of the ship.”

DMC has worked with TB Shipyards, which has locations in Harlingen, Kampen and Meppel, for many years. Complete steering systems have been supplied in the past for new construction projects, including push boats, seagoing and inland vessels.

Emiel Mocking, Head of Newbuilding, TB Shipyards, said: “We know what to expect from each other. DMC comes up with ideas and provides the customisation we need. On this occasion too, by supplying equipment in the most efficient form as plug-and-play. This allows us to save a lot of time in this project, without compromising quality.”

The project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2023, when all coasters are expected to be delivered and commissioned. In addition to the Van der Velden Piston-type steering systems, DMC will equip each coaster with the Van der Velden Timon flap rudder system and the Optima nozzle. The Optima nozzle offers excellent forward and reverse thrust and an extremely strong profile. For control and monitoring, DMC supplies the complete FU system and Boss Alarm Monitoring System.

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