Damen completes Oman Navy training vessel
GORINCHEM _ Damen Shipyards Group has built a new sail training vessel for the Oamni navy. The 87m full square rigger Shahab Oman is to be the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman. It was built at a Damen yard in Galati, Romania, and launched there last falll. It has since been towed to the Dutch port of Flushing for final outfitting.
The 3-masted steel clipper will be delivered to Oman in August, 2014. The stunning vessel will serve as a training ground for 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, it boasts the latest power generating technologies on the inside..But when it comes to sailing, it is all hands-on.
The sail training clipper features elegantly hand-carved, gilded scroll work and nameplates. While in Vlissingen the 3, 50m steel-and-aluminum masts, rigging and spars will be installed, along with exterior teak wood 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. To see the clipper’s spectacular sideways launch, click on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5dmOZW2QZI