Damen SPa 4207, the second of four Damen vessels on order for the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard, has been handed over in Kingston, Jamaica.
The SPa 4207 was loaded in Hai Phong Harbour in June 2021. COVID measures prevented Damen’s heavy lift team from being present to supervise its loading, but a local team was called upon to ensure the vessel was carefully loaded and properly secured.
On the morning of its arrival, the JDF’s new vessel was offloaded and, with a support fleet of smaller craft, was delivered to its base nearby. Due to changes in travel restrictions, Rimmert Berlijn, Service Coordinator, Delivery, Damen Heavy Lift, was able to safely travel to Jamaica to coordinate the logistics and supervise the offload.
“The successful delivery of this vessel really came down to teamwork, collaboration, and everybody’s willingness to be flexible in finding solutions to the challenges of these times,” Berlijn stated.
“We are very pleased to have completed this latest project for the JDF,” said Bram van der Plas, Damen’s Sales Manager, Caribbean. “The delivery of this vessel demonstrated the collaboration between and the adaptability of both the JDF and the Damen organizations.“
The four-vessel contract between Damen and the JDF saw the delivery of FCS 5009 Patrol in 2020. Another SPa 4207 and a second FCS 5009 Patrol will be delivered in the years to come.