Damen christens Royal Oman Navy’s new flagship steel-hulled vessel

11 May 2014 (Last Updated May 11th, 2014 18:30)

Damen has christened the Royal Navy of Oman’s new flagship sail training clipper as Shabab Oman II at its Vlissingen facility in the Netherlands.

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Damen has christened the Royal Navy of Oman's new flagship sail training clipper as Shabab Oman II at its Vlissingen facility in the Netherlands.

The 87m-long, three-mast, full square rigger will replace an existing vessel with the same name and carry out training tasks.

Damen project manager Arnoud Both said: "Finishing touches include hand-carved teak at the bow, teak palm leaves at the stern and gilded interior woodwork from Hertel.

"However, this is also a working training ship equipped to the most modern standards.

"Tall ships capture the public imagination and win friends as they glide gracefully into port, but Shabab Oman is also a key to the recruitment and training underlying the fleet expansion."

"With all internal spaces being designed for low noise and vibration, the new vessel can accommodate 34 navy recruits in addition to a crew of 58."

With a fully unfurled sail area of 2,700m², the steel-hulled vessel comes with a twin propeller shaft arrangement and incorporates three generators in addition to an emergency back-up unit.

With all internal spaces being designed for low noise and vibration, the new vessel can accommodate 34 navy recruits in addition to a crew of 58.

Principally built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, the vessel was then towed to the Vlissingen yard for installation of the 50m steel/aluminium masts, rigging and spars.

The Dutch shipbuilder claims that even for skilled sailors, Shabab Oman would turn out to be a complicated sailing vessel with 35 sails, each of them operated by eight ropes.


Image: Oman Royal Navy's sail training clipper, Shabab Oman II. Photo: courtesy of Damen.

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