Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld last week delivered a shallow draught ASD 2310 SD vessel, named Papillon, to De Boer Remorquage SARL, a subsidiary company of Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf De Boer) and Iskes Towage & Salvage. Damen has customised the ASD for a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana.The ASD has been designed to meet the requirements of the end client – Grand Port Maritime de Guyane – which contributed to the design with its own consultant, Hydro GC. The ASD Tug is Damen’s first delivery to Dutch Dredging, though Iskes Towage & Salvage has a number of Damen vessels in its fleet, Damen said in its release.Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, Jos van Woerkum, said: “The collaboration with all parties during the design and construction of this vessel has been excellent.”“Working together closely, we have been quickly able to identify the full scope of requirements and turn the versatile Damen ASD 2310 SD design into something that exactly meets the needs of the end user. We wish De Boer Remorquage SARL and Grand Port Maritime de Guyane every success with Papillon.”Joining Papillon in French Guiana later this year, will be a WID 2915 Hybrid Tug. Damen is configuring the vessel with dredging capabilities using the air and water injection dredging method (AIRSET).Following delivery, both vessels will undergo an official naming ceremony in French Guiana.
Indiana’s unemployment rate continued to drop in March, to its lowest point since July 2008. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, it has declined by 2 percent over the past year to its current 5.9 percent.The labor force has increased by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014.The Hoosier State added 3,200 private sector jobs in March. Indiana ranks eighth in the nation in total private sector job growth since July, 2009, the low point of employment in the state. During that time, Indiana has grown 215,500 private sector jobs.Over the past year, Indiana’s manufacturing job growth of 12,700 leads the nation, solidifying its position as the state with the largest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector in the country.“Indiana’s unemployment rate is now below six percent for the first time since July of 2008,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “Our rate has dropped by two percentage points in one year, which is the third largest decline in the nation. The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014 alone, which is also remarkable.”Sanders also noted claims for state unemployment insurance in March were nearly 10,000 below March 2013 levels and are at their lowest since 2007. Initial claims for unemployment insurance are at their lowest levels since 2000.