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 .