Damen Shipyards Group has delivered its Mercurius ASD 3212 tug to the Netherlands-based tug operator Iskes Towing & Salvage.
With this delivery, Iskes Towing & Salvage expands its fleet with the third Damen build, all delivered in the last four years. Currently, the ASD 3212 Mercurius operates under charter at the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Iskes Towage & Salvage technical manager Dirk Martens said: "The Mercurius does what it has to do.
"That’s the big advantage with Damen’s design – there are no surprises."
The Damen ASD 3212 was introduced in 2012 and features a revised hull form and a higher bow that provide better speed and a dry foredeck. The 82t bollard pull tug is capable of cruising at a speed of 14.5k and can operate in 3m wave heights.
The flexible financial arrangement of Damen has supported Iskes for the construction of the new vessel and Iskes was benefitted from the similar leasing option for the earlier vessel, ASD Tug 2810 named Argus, delivered in 2011.
For the fast delivery, the majority of fabrication took place at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, while the construction completed at Maaskant Shipyards, Stellendam.
Damen sales director Benelux Mijndert Wiesenekker said: "We had the opportunity for an earlier transport to the Netherlands so we decided to finish the tug at Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam.
"It’s great that Damen can support Iskes’ growth with fast deliveries of standard ASD tugs."
Image: Damen ASD tug 3212. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.