Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled a new workboat for the aquaculture industry. The Utility Vessel (UV) 2613 draws upon other Damen designs, such as the Multi Cat and Shoalbuster, and its scope of work covers everything from harvesting and net cleaning to diving support and de-licing. 

‘Based on feedback we received from the market we have designed a versatile vessel, able to tackle a very wide range of duties, with a robust application of features ensuring the safety and sustainability of operations,’ says Damen Sales Manager Mike Besijn. ‘We have already carried out the feasibility studies and completed the detailed engineering of the design – we’re ready to build this.’

It is a forward-facing vessel, with sustainable characteristics. The vessel comes ready for the installation of a Damen NOX Reduction System: selective catalytic conversion technology that can be easily installed during construction or as a retrofit, making the vessel IMO Tier III compliant. The vessel can also be fitted with battery packs for silent shift operations.

Plug and play

The vessel also offers lots of plug and play options, so that it can switch quickly from one duty to another. The UV 2613 can be installed with DP1, a multiple mooring system and a towing winch for example. It can even be fitted with a ramp in order to perform ferry duties if required.

An extensive cargo hold of 85 square metres facilitates harvesting as well as dry cargo transportation and storage of diving equipment. The vessel’s deck is over 110 square metres. The vessel can be fitted with multiple cranes with capacity up to 220 tonnes/metre. The vessel’s azimuth thrusters, together with a bow thruster, ensure optimal manoeuvrability.

Safety features

Damen has paid close attention to safety in the design. The vessel features a high bow height and freeboard of one-metre minimum to avoid deck immersion and safe sailing, even in heavy seas. Additionally, with a beam of 12.8 metres, the vessel is extremely stable, with no need for an anti-heeling system. While the UV 2613 is 26 metres in length overall, its load line length is just 24 metres and the vessel is also below 200 GT (MCA).