September 28 - SAL Heavy Lift's Svenja has departed from Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, loaded with 14 Damen Stan pontoons and tugs destined for Rotterdam.
Svenja's voyage began in Shanghai at the end of August where it was loaded with eight Stan pontoons that were built at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China. The 12,975 dwt SAL vessel then sailed to Ha Long Bay to pick up six tugs that were built at Damen Song Cam Shipyard.
Svenja will sail around the Cape of Good Hope instead of through the shorter Suez Canal. Damen said that despite this longer route towards Europe, Svenja's ability to steam at an average of 18.5 to 19 knots will result in a shorter overall transit time.
"Transporting multiple vessels on one heavy lift ship makes the whole delivery process as efficient as possible," said Damen service coordinator heavy lift, Rimmert Berlijn. "This, in turn, allows us to keep our prices as low and as competitive as possible."