A 63,400dwt bulk carrier was the first vessel to enter Damen’s newly commissioned C Dock recently at its Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) facility which the shipyard group took over last year.
The Panamax dock is 230m-long and 45m-wide and is one of two new docks shipped to the Caribbean island in April on board the heavy-lift ship Xin Guang Hua. The two docks are part of an upgrading programme which Damen is undertaking at the Curaçao facility.
The smaller D dock had been docked inside C Dock since their Atlantic crossing but is now moored alongside the repair quay where electric power is being connected, and pumps and valves tested. D Dock is likely to be commissioned before the end of November, the company said.
Speaking as Dock C was commissioned, Lodewijk Franken, DSCu’s managing director, commented: “This marks a special milestone and we are very proud of this. It is highly rewarding to see the yard’s infrastructure today, following an intensive period of improvements, and to have the first ship in our C Dock.”