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Damen Shipyards Group has entered into a deal to supply one fast crew supplier (FCS) 5009 and two ASD tugs 3213 to the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping (JAK).

Currently being built at Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey, the 53m-long FCS 5009 will be delivered by early next year.

With a maximum speed of 25k and 240m² of deck space, the vessel can accommodate up to 80 passengers.

"Damen produces some of the best vessels in the world for these kinds of operations."

The pair of newly ordered ASD Tugs 3213, which are 32m in length, are currently being constructed at Damen Shipyards Song Cam in Vietnam.

Capable of handling very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers at offshore terminals, the tugs will be delivered to JAK after commissioning.

Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping chairman Baydaq Al Jazaeri said: “The acquisition of these new vessels reaffirms Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC’s fullest commitment, confidence and determination to continue supporting the offshore oil and gas industry in the forthcoming years.

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“Damen produces some of the best vessels in the world for these kinds of operations. They are technically sophisticated and the quality is very good.

“The reliability is also excellent, with the servicing and maintenance ensuring that everything goes smoothly.”

JAK, which provides specialist services to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Gulf, currently operates a fleet that features anchor handling tugs, support vessels jack up barges, emergency oil spill response vessel, crew boats, heavy lift crane vessels, and flat top barges.

Damen delivered an ASD tug 3213 to JAK last year, and also sold a Stan Tug 2909 to the company in 2009.

Last month, Damen secured a contract to provide 13 heavy-duty mooring assistance and escort tugs to Edison Chouest Offshore.

Image: Deal signing between Damen and Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.