January 14 - Kristiansund Taub

41 m in length and 13 m across, the stan pontoon joins the company's existing fleet of three barges.

Kjetil Kvande Hansen at Kristiansund Taubåtservice AS comments; "We had been in the market for a heavy duty pontoon for a while, but when the timeframe suddenly narrowed, only Damen could deliver a pontoon on time and with the correct specifications."

In fact, the 4113 was delivered from stock available in Rotterdam. It was built in China and delivered as part of one of Damen's regular shipments of pontoons of various sizes to Rotterdam. From there they are available at short notice for clients in Europe, Africa and even America. 

"With vessels in stock in Rotterdam," continues Kjetil Kvande Hansen, "we could inspect and choose from various models, but it soon became clear that the Stan Pontoon 4113 met all our specific requirements."

The 4113 has a maximum deadweight on 980 tonnes, 536 sq m of deck space and a maximum deck load of 10 tonnes/sq m. Like all Damen products, standardised stan pontoons are also designed to take a range of additional options. In this case Kristiansund Taubåtservice ordered six ramp panels which add an extra level of accessibility to the pontoon. Measuring 1.5 x 12 metres, each has flaps to ensure a smooth run over the ramps.

Damen has delivered 37 pontoons over the past two years, with production taking place at Damen Yards worldwide. The largest custom built pontoon by Damen to date is a 140 x 40 m version capable of transporting modules up to 17,000 tonnes in weight for a LNG greenfield project in Australia.