Rendering of the LUV 2208

(Source: Damen)

Damen moves in on aquaculture sector

Working closely with Exeter-based Coastal Workboats in the UK, Damen Shipyards Group has begun to build aquaculture vessels for stock. The Landing Utility Vessel (LUV 2208), with a length of 22m and beam of 8m, is a versatile design that can be tailored to meet customers’ individual requirements.

Three LUV 2208 vessels have now been built and two are already in operation. The most recent one has been deployed at the Kames ecological fish farm off the west coast of Scotland. Now, another four vessels are to be built for stock, the companies said.

The flexible LUV 2208 design features a ramp for beaching, thick steel plating with robust bulwarks and boarding ladders, and heavy-duty rubber fenders fixed into the hull sides. A broad beam provides good stability and scope to operate a crane with a lifting capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes at an outreach of 15.5m. Larger cranes of up to 15 tonnes can be used safely at a range of 3.5m.

The standard engine is a Volvo Penta with selective catalytic reduction and a particulate aftertreatment system. A day shelter and small galley can be extended to provide one or two overnight cabins.

Building for stock has proved a successful strategy for Damen across various sectors. Work flows at construction facilities can be held relatively constant; new vessels are available for customers at short notice; and standard designs can be tailored to meet requirements as necessary.

Now, Damen and Coastal Workboats plan to enhance after-sales client support by opening a service and maintenance yard on Scotland’s west coast.

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