Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist Multraship’s wholly owned subsidiary Novatug has awarded a contract to Damen Shipyards Group for the construction of two new Carrousel Rave Tugs (CRTs).
Additionally, Multraship has ordered for an ASD 3212 tug as part of its planned fleet expansion.
Under the terms of the agreement, the German shipyard Theodor Buschmann will build the hulls of the vessels, with the final outfitting carried out by Damen Maaskant Shipyards in Stellendam, the Netherlands.
The 32m-long CRTs powered two Voith thruster units and two ABC main engines of 2,650kW, will have a bollard pull of minimum 70t and speed limit of about 14k at 5,300kW.
The new-builds are expected to provide the tug operator with enhanced durability and control while reducing the risk of capsizing under a tow load.
ASD 3212 tug is expected help the tug operator to meet the increasing demand for specialist services.
Multraship managing director Leendert Muller said:"Safety is always our overriding objective, and that it is why we have opted wholeheartedly to produce the Novatug CRT.
"This new tug design, for the first time, eliminates what has always been the most significant threat to safety in towing, the risk of capsizing under a tow load.
"The benefits in terms of efficiency and flexibility, meanwhile, are also enormous.
"This new tug is needed, because our workload is still increasing and we are confident this will be the case for several years to come."
Delivery of the vessels is scheduled for the first-quarter of 2017.
Upon the delivery of the Bureau Veritas-classed vessels, Novatug will offer them the basis of long-term bareboat charters, basically a financial or operational lease construction.
Early this year, Multraship received its first of two customised Stan Launch 804s vessels, Montis 5, from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands.
The company also received a Damen ASD 2810 hybrid tug, as part of its fleet expansion programme.
Image: Damen’s Carrousel Rave Tug (CRT). Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.