Damen has partnered with Wilson Sons for over 20 years. Under the arrangement of the relationship, Wilson Sons builds vessels using a Damen design, engineering and materials package. The delivery later this year of the final vessel of the SAAM SMIT order will mark the 91st Damen-designed vessel built by Wilson Sons. The shipyard is also currently building two Damen-designed ASD Tugs 3212 for its own towage company , Wilson Sons Rebocadores.
The ASD Tugs 2411 that Wilson Sons have delivered to SAAM SMIT are 24 metres in length, with a beam of 11 metres and offer a bollard pull of 70 tonnes. Damen has designed the vessel with high manoeuvrability and excellent seakeeping behaviour in mind.
This contract – and others like it – provide a way for companies in Brazil to access a wide range of proven maritime solutions, says Damen Sales Manager Robin Segaar.
“By working in partnership with Wilson Sons in Brazil, we are helping clients, like SAAM SMIT, who are operating in the country to take delivery of vessels from Damen’s standardised vessel portfolio – a range that has proven its reliability and efficiency all over the world – in a cost effective manner. The success of this working arrangement is demonstrated by the fact the Wilson Sons has delivered over eighty Damen-designed vessels to date.”
Wilson Sons is also a partner in the consortium formed by Damen and SAAB that is participating in the tender for the construction of four corvettes (Project Tamandare) for the Brazilian Navy. In this way, the consortium reaps the benefits of the long-standing relationship between the two companies. Having worked together for so long on so many projects, Damen and Wilson Sons already have in place fast, smooth working processes and close communications.