The LOI was signed during this week's NEVA 2017, St Petersburg. Damen said that one reason for the agreement was the fact that it had built 30 vessels that are operating in the region. That number would increase in the coming months as Delo Group company Delo Services takes delivery of three Damen ASD tugs in November. Handover of a fourth ASD 2310 is scheduled for 2018.
Having a regional Service Hub would allow Damen to respond quickly to any service or maintenance issues, increasing owner uptime for their vessels. Ongoing service programmes lengthened a vessel's lifetime and reduced Total Cost of Ownership, the group said.
The new Service Hub will also have relevance to operations at Aleksino Port Marina Shipyard, a ship repair facility in the Black Sea port operated by Delo Group company DeloPorts. Damen intends to assist the local shipyard by adding value to its service and repair portfolio.
The new Service hub in Novorossiysk would be the next step in Russia to further professionalize the service delivered to Damen customers.