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Damen wins diving bell ship contract

Friday, 01 Feb 2019

Damen Shipyards Group has been awarded a contract by Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Koblenz, Germany, to build a new diving bell ship for deployment in the River Rhine and its tributaries.

The new vessel will succeed the Carl Straat (pictured)

The vessel, which will succeed the existing unit, the 1963-built Carl Straat, will be used to search for and recover lost cargo and wreckage, as well as river bed inspections.
The successful operation of the Carl Street over such a long period will provide a sound basis for the new diving bell ship design which, Damen said, “will draw heavily on its predecessor”. However, new technologies will be adopted in the 69m-long vessel to ensure its suitability into the future. These will include diesel-electric propulsion compliant with EU stage V standards, providing a guaranteed constant cruising speed of 13km/hour.
The diving bell ship is to be built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld and is due for delivery in 2020.