Damen to build Omani navy clipper
GORINCHEM _ Damen Shipyards Group has won a contract to build a yet-to-be-named navy training vessel for Oman _ an 87-m, square rigged, 3-masted steel clipper. The vessel will be used to train young Omani navy cadets and officers and also showcase the country’s maritime tradition.
The vessel is to be delivered to the Omani navy in August 2014. Oman is keen to boost its naval capacities to protect its coastline of 3,165 kms. The clipper will evoke the era of 19th century tea clippers and boast 3 50-m masts of steel and aluminum. Still, inside and out, she will ooze a distinct and traditional Omani look.
“We have our proven record in steel clippers to thank for this contract,” says Damen Regional Sales Director Bram Langeveld. “Modern, sophisticated sail training ships may even become a bit of a trend with us. We are very proud the Omani Ministry of Defense has awarded this prestigious contract to us.”
The Omani navy training vessel will accommodate 34 recruits. It will be 87 m long, 11 m. wide and flaunt 2,700 square meters of sail. The main design is the handiwork of Dykstra Naval Architects, the studio that also worked on the “Stad Amsterdam” and Brazil’s “Cisne Branco.”
Damen Shipyards Group operates more than 50 shipyards, repair yards and related companies worldwide. Since 1969, the company has delivered over 5,000 vessels _ from tugs to cargo vessels to super yachts.
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