Damen to deliver first Multibuster 8020 to Van Stee Offshore
Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, and Arjan van Stee, of Van Stee Offshore, signed a contract for delivery of the first Multibuster 8020, next year.
This new class of multi-purpose workboats combines elements of the Multi-Cat and Shoalbuster workboat classes. Its shallow draught of 3 metres, and DP2 capabilities, make it suitable for both nearshore and offshore work. The vessel measures 80 metres in length, with a beam of 20 metres. It has a deck area of 800 square metres and a deck strength of 10 tonnes per square metre.
Key features of the design include the high stability that enables the fitting of larger cranes than is standard on DP2 dynamic positioning. Additionally, the propulsion system includes a retractable tunnel bow thruster that ensures that two tunnel thrusters are available at all times for enhanced manoeuvrability. Lastly, the vessel is built to ground out on the beach for tasks such as cable landings and shore approaches.
Arjan van Stee, Director of Van Stee Offshore, said: “As a specialist in shallow draft operations the Multibuster will give us new capabilities and opportunities to support our clients in the offshore energy sector. Its low emissions profile will additionally be valued by our partners working on wind and other renewables.” Joost van der Weiden, Damen Sales Manager Benelux: added, “It’s great to be working once again with Van Stee Offshore, a family-owned company known for its high-quality vessels and many prestigious customers. We believe that the Multibuster 8020 is the right vessel at the right time, delivering a suite of capabilities that are sure to be in demand in the years ahead.”
The design was developed by the naval architecture studio OSD-IMT, part of the Damen Shipyards Group. Construction began at Albwardy Damen Sharjah in the UAE in 2020. The Multibuster 8020 that Van Stee Offshore ordered, to be named Zwerver V, will undergo some custom modifications before it is delivered next year.
These modifications include the addition of a four-point mooring system, and the installation of a pedestal to take a large offshore crane and boat landing facilities for crew transfer vessels. The navigation and communication systems are also being upgraded along with the HVAC systems to equip it for high latitude as well as tropical conditions.