Days of Yore
Damen finishes Oman Navy training vessel
GORINCHEM _ Damen Shipyards Group has built a new sail training vessel for the Omani navy. The 87m full square rigger Shahab Oman is destined to become the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman. It was built at a Damen yard in Galati, Romania, and towed to the Dutch port of Flushing in December 2013 for final outfitting.
The 3-masted steel clipper will be delivered to Oman in August, 2014. The stunning vessel will play a key role in training Omani naval cadets and officers and act as an Omani ‘ambassador’ on the world’s oceans.
The clipper looks like a traditional teak vessel on the outside but boasts the latest power generating technologies on the inside. The sail training clipper has a traditional Omani look, with elegantly hand-carved, gilded scrollwork and nameplates. While in Vlissingen the 3, 50m steel-and-aluminum masts, rigging and spars will be installed, along with exterior teak woodwork and decking.
Says Damen Project Manager Arnoud Both: “We are very proud to be involved in such a prestigious project for the Royal Navy of Oman.” The Shahab Oman was Damen’s 3rd sail training clipper project. Previously it worked on the ‘Stad Amsterdam’ and the ‘Cisne Branco’ of the Brazilian navy. All three clippers were designed by Dykstra Naval Architects of Amsterdam.
Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship and repair yards worldwide. It is also active in luxury yacht building through its Amels yard in Vlissingen.