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Ceremony marks the start of newbuild for Namibia

Damen Shipyards Group and De Beers Marine Namibia cut steel for diamond mining vessel

Damen Shipyards Group and De Beers Marine Namibia (Pty) Ltd participated in a special steel cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new offshore vessel on Wednesday this week after a contract to build a new crawler diamond recovery vessel for offshore operations in Namibia was awarded in February this year.

At 177 metres (577 feet) long, the new vessel will be slightly larger than the current largest vessel in the De Beers Marine Namibia fleet, Mafuta (174 metres, 571 feet).

Constructed from a Marin Teknikk design, the MT 6027 will be the most technologically advanced marine diamond recovery vessel in the world. On-board features include a dynamic positioning system (DP2) based on a seven-thruster propulsion system powered by six generators of 3230 eKW each.

The steel cutting ceremony marks the beginning of construction on the vessel, which will take around two years to build.

Damen Shipyards Mangalia will deliver the vessel platform in Mangalia and the vessel will sail on its own keel to Cape Town, South Africa.

After the integration of the mission equipment in Cape Town, the vessel is expected to deliver first diamond production in Q2 2022.
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