Damen has delivered to UK-based Scrabster Harbour Trust the new harbour tug / workboat Stan Tug 1606, which will be used for pilotage, towing, general harbour and maintenance duties.
The new-build tug named Highlanders will replace Scrabster’s existing workboat that was constructed in 1976.
Acquisition of the vessel has been supported by funding from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Scrabster port manager Sandy Mackie said: "The delivery of this vessel is another signal of our commitment to provide the high standards of facilities and services required by existing and future port users.
"The new vessel will improve marine traffic control and safety at Scrabster, allowing the trust to better discharge its duties to those who use the harbour and protect the well-being of the port environment and the local community."
With 16t bollard pull, the steel hulled, twin screw vessel is equipped with a dredging plough and A-frame for lifting. The 16.76m-long vessel will be capable of servicing at a maximum speed of 11.2k.
The current design of the Stan Tug 1606 has evolved from two other Damen tug types, the STu 1 and the STu1605.
Earlier this month, Damen delivered a similar vessel to UK-based S Walsh & Sons, which offers integrated and sustainable construction solutions for the built environment.
Damen has delivered approximately 70 units of the STu 1606 type to its customers worldwide so far.
Image: The Damen Stan Tug 1606. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.