CEMEX Go Innovation keel-laying

Damen Shipyards Group has laid the keel for the CEMEX Go Innovation at Damen Shipyards Mangalia in Romania. The vessel is the first Damen MAD – the next generation of marine aggregate dredgers.

Damen has designed the vessel for long-lasting durability on operations in North Sea conditions, both now and in the future. Particular attention has been paid to sustainability, safety and performance. The MAD will extract sand and gravel from the seabed up to fifty-five metres below.

During the ceremony, CEMEX Marine Fleet Engineering Manager Mark Williams undertook the traditional role of welding the coins, a British Pound, a Dutch Guilder and a Romanian Leu, commemorating respectively the regional base of the client, the home country of the shipbuilder and the location of the shipyard.

Kurt Cowdery, Director CEMEX Marine Aggregates said, “This is a fantastic investment for the future, allowing us to safely source the materials we need and enabling us to develop and grow in the UK and Europe.”

Damen Area Director Frank de Lange said, “This is an important milestone in the construction of this, the first new Marine Aggregate Dredger. We are very much looking forward to the coming construction and to delivering the vessel to CEMEX next year – and to seeing CEMEX GO Innovation in action, demonstrating her strong credentials.”

The keel-laying is the first to take place since Damen began the operational management of the shipyard now known as Damen Shipyards Mangalia in July. The yard, on the Black Sea coast, has three drydocks with a total length of 982 metres and 1.6 kilometres of berthing space. The 48 and 60 metre-wide docks provide Damen with the capacity to cater for larger maritime vessels and structures.

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