The dredging contractor Dutch Dredging of the Netherlands has added two new vessels to its fleet, the Papillon and the Fregate. The vessels were delivered to Boer Remorquage SARL, a joint venture of Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage & Salvage. The investment is a response to the twelve-year contract that the consortium signed in 2016 with the Grand Port Maritime de Guyane.
Both vessels will go to work in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana. In addition to maintenance dredging work, both vessels will be used to assist shipping and as standby and fire-fighting vessels in emergencies.
The 29.2-meter (95.8 feet) Fregate is a Damen WID-Tug-2915-HYBRID dredge (with the AIRSET water and air pressure method) fitted with a hybrid drive, allowing it to sail on electricity. The Fregate is a built by the Polish yard SAFE in Gdansk.
The 22.7-meter (74.5 feet) ASD Tug 2310 SD Papillon was completed earlier this year by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. The tug’s shallow draught of 3.1 meter (10.1 feet) will allow it to be used for assistance in Kourou.