Damen (contract) Australian company Transhipment Services Australia orders Damen Transshipment Crane Barge
Damen has received an order for a Transshipment Crane Barge from the Australian company Transhipment Services Australia (TSA). As it is able to supply the new Crane Barge 6324 directly from stock, Damen will fulfil the order in a period of only four weeks.
TSA has been contracted by Metro Mining to provide transshipment services for its Bauxite Hills Project located along the Skardon River on Cape York Peninsula, north of Weipa in Far North Queensland. With a presence in three sites across Australia, TSA will operate the Damen Floating Crane Barge and has a fleet of five tugs and six dumb barges that have been successfully transhipping for Metro for four years. The company has also operated Damen tugs and Shoalbusters in the past.
Sjoerd de Bruin, Damen Sales Manager Asia Pacific, responsible for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, comments: “We are delighted that we could make this happen and very quickly, in just four weeks from the initial client enquiry to delivery into Australia. Not only are we partly customising the barge during this time, we have also arranged the finance through our Customer Finance Department.”
Mr de Bruin explains: “Damen was keen to make every effort to support TSA. If we had gone to the external financing options the lead time could take up to sixteen weeks given the summer holiday period, therefore our Customer Finance Department stepped in.
“All the different Damen departments worked together to support our client - Design & Proposal, Finance, Legal and all of our colleagues in Yichang, China. And given the financial arrangements, our Board also had to approve the deal. It is an impressive team effort.”
Joint owner of TSA, Darren Hedley stated that Damen is renowned worldwide for its quality marine fleet, reliable floating cranes and professional service. “Our previous experience with Damen vessels has always been rewarding and we are all very excited to welcome this new vessel into the fleet and to commence loading Capesize ships in October of this year.”
At 63 x 24 metres, the Damen Crane Barge is equipped with a grab with a 15 cubic metre capacity and TSA is expecting to load at an impressive rate of 16,000 to 20,000 tonnes per day.