Damen Shipyards Group has introduced a new vessel design that brings a significant boost to workboat sustainability. At the Seawork exhibition in Southampton on 13th June, Damen unveiled the zero-emission Multi Cat 1908 Electric.

The vessel represents a powerful combination, pairing a quarter of a century of experience in Multi Cat construction with cutting-edge technology to make zero-emission workboat operations a reality.

The Multi Cat is a multi-purpose workboat designed for operations in both shallow and deeper waters. Damen has designed the MuC 1908 E to operate inland, in harbour and along the coast, up to 20 nautical miles from shore, undertaking diverse tasks including pushing, towing, anchor handling, buoy recovery, surveying, bunker supply, waste/oil recovery and support duties.

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Proven innovation

Despite its innovative character, the vessel is based on a proven platform; the Damen Multi Cat 1908, a vessel that has demonstrated its capabilities during over 25 years of successful operation. Damen has also developed considerable experience in the delivery of electric and hybrid vessels, including tugs and ferries, examples of which can be found operating throughout the world.

The MuC 1908 E is able to operate for up to twelve hours on a single charge, bringing a full day’s work comfortable into range. The batteries are, additionally, able to power the vessel for up to a decade following delivery.

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Connected ship technology

The Multi Cat also features Triton, Damen’s connected vessel platform. From sensors located throughout the vessel, Triton collects data to put the operator in control. As well as providing a comprehensive overview of battery performance, Triton provides the means to optimise efficiency and conduct preventive maintenance.

Additionally, Damen is able to provide additional equipment, for example the onshore charging infrastructure. The company also offers training for crews in order to familiarise them with the operation of an electric vessel.

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First MuC 1908 E to be built in Hardinxveld

Based on its practice of building its standard vessels in series and keeping them in stock to facilitate rapid delivery, Damen is planning to commence construction of the first MuC 1908 E in Q4 2023 at its Hardinxveld yard in the Netherlands.

‘With our commitment to increased maritime sustainability, we wanted to create a versatile workboat that could bring zero emissions performance to a wide range of operations,’ explains Jeroen van Woerkum, Commercial Manager at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. ‘A Multi Cat is the perfect vessel for this, thanks to its flexibility and versatility. Further to this, the MuC 1908 suggested itself for the task, having been so successful over the years. What we have done, is taken a proven platform, and combined it with the experience we have gained in recent years in electrification, to create an innovative vessel that has the potential to make a considerable impact on maritime emissions.’

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