Damen Shipyards has delivered a new Shoalbuster 3815 SD to Caspian Offshore Construction (COC). The Shoalbuster 3815 SD is one of the newest and largest in the Shoalbuster range and stands out for its ability to operate in waters of no more than 120 centimetres in depth.

Named the Caspian Amwaj, the new addition to COC’s fleet will initially be deployed on a project in the Arabian Gulf, the company’s first in the region.

The Caspian Amwaj was built for stock at Albwardy Damen and the sale contract with COC was signed in mid-October 2021 with the handover taking place just four weeks later.

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Shoalbuster 3815 SD

The Shoalbuster 3815 SD is a highly versatile workboat capable of taking on a wide variety of assignments. Handling anchors, buoys and hoses, as well as towing and other general support tasks for the offshore oil & gas industry, all fall within its operational profile. Suitably equipped, it can also undertake dredging and support activities in waters that few other vessels can access.

Installed power of 1540 bhp directed through four 1000 mm aft propellers delivers 18.6 tonnes of bollard pull, and twin bow thrusters bring added manoeuvrability. 185 m2 of working deck space enables it to carry substantial cargos. The standard accommodation in the 38-metre, 250-DWT vessel allows for comfortable living space for eleven persons in accordance with MLC regulations.

Ultra-shallow draught

‘The ultra-shallow draught Shoalbuster 3815 SD was developed in close consultation with owners and operators of vessels operating in shallow waters,’ says Marc Tijssen, sales manager Damen Shipyards Group East & South-East Europe. ‘The vessel is ideal not only for work in the shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf but also for COC’s primary area of operations, the Caspian Sea.’

Established in 2003, COC is based in Kazakhstan and is a leading supplier of offshore marine services in the Caspian Sea, which is well known for its shallow waters. Its fleet includes a Damen Stan Tug 1606 ICE, a Multi Cat 1908, two Fast Crew Suppliers 3307 and a Fast Crew Boat 1605.

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