MV Swift was launched on the 11th of December on Windermere waters in the Lake District National Park, England. The Shipyards is being built by Damen Shipyards Group for Windermere Lake Cruises through the Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC).
This vessel measures to 34 metres which is little shorter than the other vessels like MV Swan and MV Teal in the fleet of Windermere Lake Cruises.
This will allow the vessel to dovk the smaller jetties of the region, leading to the development of the economy of a larger number of local businesses.
With the help of DTC, Damen now has an experience to construct vessels even on inland locations. It’s been more than 40 years that Damen has been supporting projects related to shipbuilding all around the world with DTC.
The customers of DTC are free to choose the amount of support they want to take such as design of the vessel, a materials package, a combination of design, materials, shipbuilding advice, assistance and training.
Damen sales manager Mike Besijn said, “The DTC concept makes it possible to be a Damen customer wherever you are in the world. This is the first time in Damen’s history that we have built a vessel in the UK and we are incredibly proud to have this opportunity. This is a great example of how British and Dutch companies can work together. Working with Windermere Lake Cruises has been, and continues to be, a joy.”
John Woodburn, Windermere Lake Cruises’ operations director, said, “It was two and a half years ago when we decided to invest in a new vessel, so today is a real milestone for Windermere Lake Cruises. It was also brilliant to see so many people come to watch at our Lakeside pier, from members of the public to TV, radio and newspaper crews. We’re now looking forward to working on MV Swift’s interior, with further extensive work planned before the vessel goes into service in mid-2020. Damen has done a fantastic job on this vessel and it’s been a great experience to work with them on this project, at their shipyard and here at Lakeside in recent months.”
“Today was a real heart-in-mouth moment as the plan we’ve been working towards all came together at last. I’m delighted to say the launch went without a hitch and it’s tremendously satisfying to see MV Swift gracefully floating on Windermere’s surface. I’m sure I speak for the whole team when I say we can’t wait to welcome passengers onboard in the summer.”