Padmos Shipyard, based in the small Dutch fishing town of Stellendam, was established over 80 years ago. The yard’s key business areas are fishing vessels, diverse workboats and inland shipping vessels. Although Padmos has provided primarily ship repair and maintenance services in that time, its focus is shifting to include more and more new build contracts. And, in no uncertain terms, these have bought the yard considerable recognition. Two stand-out vessels include the RT Magic (a tug boat that won the KNVTS Ship of the Year in 2000) and the fishing vessel MDV1 Immanuel (another Ship of the Year winner, this time in 2016).
This trend for new building contracts is increasing, says Walter van Harberden, Project Manager at Padmos. “Therefore, we needed more engineering and naval architectural capacity – after all, newbuilding is becoming an important part of our turnover.”
This led to Padmos approaching C-Job three years ago with a request to supplement their engineering output. “There was a ‘click’ between us straight away. C-Job has a lot of general ship design knowledge, but we had to bring them up to speed with what we needed in terms of fishing vessels.” Considering the sheer amount of experience that Padmos has with repair projects for the fishing sector, this should come as no surprise. “We are very closely connected to this sector – in general, the owners are also the operators, and therefore they are involved with every small decision. This is reflected in our knowledge of fishing vessels.”
In designing vessels together, Padmos typically works with Basic Design arrangement and stability calculations, and then C-Job takes on the naval architectural aspects. This includes structural calculations up to the detailed engineering information necessary for production. “Our aim is to build the most energy efficient fishing vessels possible,” Walter adds. “To achieve this, we look at what sort of fishery the vessel will be working in and in which specific areas. This is important because different fishing methods have different sailing patterns. Is there more free sailing, more trawling or a more passive way of floating? Is speed or pulling power important? This is a co-operative process with C-Job – we are both investing a lot in this relationship.”
Part of the C-Job’s engineering support to Padmos comes in the form of C-Job engineers working at the premises of Padmos. For Padmos, one specific example of their involvement would be to integrate specialised fisheries equipment into the design. “We use C-Job on a project-by-project basis; sometimes lasting months, and in one case, two years. An important point is that it is flexible. If I have a problem and I need help, then I know that they will send me someone who can help us out. In some cases, even the very next day. And that is really fantastic.”
With several projects in the pipeline, this positive feedback bodes well for the future collaboration between the two companies. “Before we were in contact with C-Job, we could only take on one or two new build projects every year,” Walter concludes. “But, now with our cooperation with them, it really helps to increase our new build capacity.”