Damen delivers two Multi Cats to Brabo in Antwerp

Antwerp-based Brabo Group has held a naming ceremony for a Multi Cat 1506 and a Multi Cat 1908 delivered by Damen Shipyards Group.

Damen delivers two Multi Cats to Brabo in Antwerp
Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

The group’s cleaning division, Brabo Cleaning Company, has secured a contract with Port of Antwerp to maintain a pollution-free environment in the harbour.

The naming ceremony took place at Brabo’s headquarters in Antwerp on 21st October. 

The customisation of the Multi Cats was carried out by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, supported by Brabo Cleaning Company’s supplier, Van de Velden Pipe Inspections & Solutions. This included outfitting the vessels with a vacuum installation, oil booms, high pressure units in the pump room, hot water units, discharge pump and a grabber in the vessels’ crane to collect larger elements.

In the case of the Multi Cat 1506, the yard also raised the wheelhouse in order to create the space for the pump room. All of the cleaning equipment is installed modularly and can, therefore, be easily adjusted or removed in the future should the vessels take on different functions.

Given the role the Multi Cats will fulfill in keeping the Port of Antwerp clean, it is crucial that their own performance be clean and efficient. Applying its in-house developed selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, combined with a particle filter, Damen has significantly reduced the vessels’ NOX emissions. Performance is in line with Euro Stage V regulations for vessels operating in inland- and coastal waters. The performance is also compliant with IMO Tier III for seagoing vessels.