Damen will supply the tugs in the third quarter of this year.

Engage Marine will deploy the tugs to provide towage services for the Port of Abbot Point.

This comes after Engage Marine recently received a non-exclusive towage licence from North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation.

As one of its next generations tugs series, Damen claims the tugs will feature proven technologies and innovations for sustainability, efficiency and safety.

With nearly 85 tonnes of bollard pull, the ASD Tug 3212 will provide seakeeping services and improved manoeuvrability.

Damen Asia Pacific sales manager Sjoerd de Bruin said: “We’re both pleased and honoured to be delivering these three state-of-the-art vessels to Engage Marine. The discussions between our two organisations have been smooth, professional and very constructive and I am looking forward to developing our relationship over the coming months.”

Engage Marine CEO Mark Malone said: “We selected Damen as they are a world-class tug builder and the ASD 3212 vessels are a proven design, well suited to the prevailing conditions of this operation.

“The design promotes crew comfort, operational capability and energy efficiencies, all high on Engage Marine’s list of providing sustainable towage services. A modular approach to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) tier III NOx requirements also means we can deliver on environmental commitments well into the future.”

In February, Damen Shipyard signed an alliance agreement with US-based Sea Machines Robotics to further examine the implementation of collision avoidance functionality on-board Damen vessels.