Newbuild tugs for Dutch and Swedish navies

13 Feb 2014
An artists impression depics the trio of Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs ordered for the Royal Netherlands Navy

An artists impression depics the trio of Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs ordered for the Royal Netherlands Navy

The Dutch and Swedish Navies are joining forces to purchase a total of five harbour and seagoing tugs from Damen Shipyards.

In order to purchase the tugs, the Defence Material Organisation of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has placed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group in cooperation with its Swedish counterpar,t the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration - Försvarets Materielverk (FMV). The tugs are commercial off the shelf vessels based on a proven design and product but ‘customised’ for use by their respective navies.

In response to current and future developments in emission reduction and environmentally friendly shipping, the RNLN has ordered three of the new ‘Hybrid’ version of the well known ASD Tug 2810. The tugs will be very similar to the first ASD 2810 ‘Hybrid’ due for trials later in 2014.

Once in service the new Dutch tugs will replace four existing twin-screw tugs of the Linge Class, Hunze, Linge, Regge and Rotte. All four are 27.45m in length and 1,600 bhp, built in 1987.

The FMV acting for the Swedish Navy has opted for two tugs of a new ‘fit-for-purpose’ design, the ice-classed ASD Tug 3010 ICE. These vessels will be a lengthend version of the ASD 2810, with an ice breaking bow and other modifications required for operation in colder climates and with conventional diesel propulsion.

All five ASD Tugs are scheduled for delivery in 2015 and 2016.

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