Damen Shipyard has delivered the first DAMEN ASD 2810 to Trinidad’s ARC Towage in accordance with a contract signed for four vessels in July 2013.
The second vessel under the agreement will leave for Trinidad next week, while the remaining two tugs will be delivered in mid-December of this year.
The contract between the companies was the result of a joint venture developed for the terminal berthing services for an energy industry player in Trinidad and Tobago.
The vessels have been constructed at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania, and delivery will be managed by Damen Services in Trinidad and Tobago.
The new-build vessels will provide towage services for escorting, berthing and un-berthing LNG-powered vessels.
This first ship has a minimal bollard pull of 60t, a maximum speed of 12.9kt and offers better sea-keeping behaviour, manoeuvrability and towing characteristics. It is also equipped with rig savers on all remote shut-off valves, remote closing air intakes, gas detection systems and exterior explosion-proof lighting.
In a further development, Damen delivered a cutter suction dredger, CSD500, to a Nigerian customer last week. The CSD500 dredges at maximum depth of 14m and pumps some 4,000m³ of mixture an hour.
The dredger, which now works on a land reclamation job near Warri, also provides an accommodation unit with a kitchen, sitting area and sanitary facilities.
Image: The DAMEN ASD 2810 was delivered to Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.