Damen Shipyard Group has received a contract from Bremerhaven-based German port and offshore towage provider URAG to deliver two Damen ASD 2411 tugs.
This award follows an order placed in September 2013 for an identical vessel, managed by Hamburg’s Lütgens & Reimers (L&R), an affiliated company of URAG.
The 24.5m-long tug has a bollard pull of more than 70t offering better manoeuvrability and towing capabilities, and can perform in restricted waterways and open water assignments.
The effective design of the vessel gives enhanced durability and the highest standards of quality.
Both vessels will be constructed in Damen’s partner yard in Vietnam and are expected to be delivered in early 2015. The company had previously delivered a similar vessel named Prompt within three months of the order being placed.
On a separate development, Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has taken delivery of a Damen ASD 2411 tug that was ordered earlier this year.
The tug will be temporarily deployed by Tug Malta, a subsidiary of the Genovese towage company.
Rimorchiatori’s latest tug is equipped with two Rolls-Royce US 255 azimuth thrusters with a 2,600mm diameter fixed pitch propeller. It has a service speed of 13.4k and draught aft of 5.35m.
In 2011, Damen constructed four ASD 2411 tugs, namely Octans, Pictor, Crater and Wezen, for Wilson Sons Shipyard in Guarjua, Brazil. Each year, Damen delivers an average of 150 vessels and completes more than 1,000 repair jobs.
URAG currently operates a fleet of 17 harbour and offshore tugs.
Image: Damen’s ASD 2411 tug. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyard Group.