New diving support vessel arrives in Statian waters

Dutch diving support vessel Redsborg now at work in the port of St. Eustatius.

ST. EUSTATIUS–A new diving support vessel, the Redsborg, arrived in Statian waters recently to carry out subsea maintenance and diving activities.

  The 224-foot-long ship was originally delivered as an ice breaker in 2012 to the international shipping company of Royal Wagenborg. It has since been refitted with firefighting equipment, a diving decompression chamber and a wide-outreach crane with a lifting capacity of 25 tonnes.

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  Under a 10-year contract, the vessel, now operated by Wagenborg Offshore, will undertake a crucial role in local marine activities. One of its first duties will be to replace an underwater steel oil supply pipe.

  The company of Royal Wagenborg is no stranger to the Historical Gem. Last September, Ger van Langen, Chief Executive Officer of the marine firm, announced its intention to introduce a daily ferry service between St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

  Twice daily sailings between the islands were scheduled to start during the third quarter of this year at a low one-way ticket price of US $50.

  These plans may well be outlived by a recent initiative by St. Maarten based Great Bay Express. This Friday, the passenger vessel Big B will arrive with its owner, Bobby Velasquez in the harbour of St. Eustatius after its inaugural sailing to the island.

  According to Charles Smith, Head of Operations, “Our intention is to meet with local officials and dignitaries to discuss our future as regarding St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.”

Source: The Daily Herald