Damen Shipyards Group has successfully concluded keel laying for the Crane Barge 7532 that is going to be delivered in Panama, following award of tender in August last year.
The barge is being built at Damen Yichang Shipyard in Hubei Province, China. The yard is almost back to full capacity following the recent coronavirus outbreak. Damen continues to take strict safety measures to protect the health and wellbeing of all working at the yard and in the community.
The 75 x 32m-Crane Barge will replace a 77-year old crane still in operation. Following construction, the new Crane Barge 7532 will be outfitted with a state-of-the-art crane at Huisman’s Zhangzhou facility, giving it the capability to lift 625 tonnes at 25 metres.
“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,” said Damen sales manager Americas Olivier van Papenrecht
After the 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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