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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group recently successfully concluded the keel laying for a newbuild Crane Barge 7532 at Damen Yichang Shipyard in Hubei Province, China, to be delivered to Panama.

The 75m x 32m Crane Barge will succeed a 77-year old crane still in operation. The Crane Barge 7532 will be outfitted with a new crane at Huisman’s Zhangzhou facility, giving it the capability to lift 625t at 25m.

The yard is almost back to full capacity following the coronavirus outbreak. Damen continues to take strict safety measures, such as engineering meetings and  client communications all being carried out remotely. Other safety measures include a robust cleaning and sterilisation programme, body temperature controls on entering the yard and the observation of safe working distance guidelines.

Damen sales manager Americas Olivier van Papenrecht said: “We are delighted to be part of this important project. It is a real honour for us that this client has placed trust in Damen. We are confident that the Crane Barge 7532, with its Huisman crane, will serve the client’s needs. The barge has been designed as a high-quality product with safety and reliability top of mind – the ingredients needed to maintain the flow of trade through this internationally important region.” 

Following crane installation, the Crane Barge will cross the Pacific on a heavy lift vessel and arrive at the anchorage area of Balboa in Panama where final tests will be conducted before it enters service.

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