August 15, 2022
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Damen maintenance deal
The Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with the Dutch and Swedish Ministries of Defence for a seven-year, in-service maintenance contract covering a total of five vessels. All of these are tugs purchased from Damen. The agreement covers all maintenance, both scheduled and non-scheduled, with the exception of the routine operational activities which fall within the remit of the crew. The scheduled maintenance will take place according to a pre-determined plan that has been agreed between all the parties concerned. Both ministries will also have full access to a 24/7 service desk in the event of additional works being required. The crews may receive training from Damen for their routine maintenance tasks, and training in vessel handling and manoeuvring at the simulator training centre operated by 360-Control in IJmuiden. The agreement with the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) covers three Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs. Two of these, the Noordzee and Waddenzee, were delivered in February and April respectively.