Following our Companies policy to renew the fleet and after successfully concluding a contract for the long term hire of five barges for the Tobolsk project in the north of Russia Silverburn purchased two additional new barges from Damen in Holland. The barges were immediately loaded on a Jumbo heavy lift ship in Rotterdam vessel for the journey north. These are identical to the 3 built by Damen in 2012 for us. Now having 5 in our fleet leaves us well prepared as we look to the future when our work horses, the 16801 barges, finally come to the end of their lives.
In addition to these new assets we have also launched the first of our own design of a 65 meter barge built at Kostroma. This is in response to clients requests so that when they do not need the larger barges they can have flexibility when choosing tonnage.
Lastly, but not least, as part of our ongoing commitment to the delivery of oversize overweight equipment to and from the Caspian Sea for oil exploration we recently completed the movement of very large crane sections from Varna to Baku. For this we used one of our Stan 8916 pontoons. She was positioned on time to allow all preparations for loading by the client and we then towed her to the Caspian with our newly purchased river tug “Hero Aseev” assisting all the way from the Azov Sea to the Caspian. This Barge with valuable crane parts arrived safely to Baku within 3 weeks to our clients great satisfaction.