Always operating ‘bow first’ – a new paradigm in harbour towage
The first of Damen’s revolutionary new RSD 2513 harbour tugs is currently on an introduction tour of European ports. Before her arrival in the United Kingdom, the vessel has made calls in Italy, Malta, France and Spain. These visits offer owners, operators and press the opportunity to inspect the vessel themselves, experience her performance and learn about her many advantages in terms of safety, efficiency and flexibility.
The radical new design of the RSD Tug 2513 is the result of extensive industry consultation at every level to find solutions to the general demand for tugs that are compact for operations in and around harbours and terminals, yet have the power and flexibility to manoeuvre even the largest vessels safely, quickly and efficiently within restricted waters.
The 25-metre RSD Tug 2513 is the result of years of research and development by Damen by listening to the harbour towage industry’s needs and cooperation with its research institute partners. The design combines elements of tractor tugs and ASD tugs to create a class of vessel that effectively has two bows, enabling it to always operate bow first. The result is a tug that is equally effective at bow assists and stern assists. A Damen Twin Fin skeg also contributes to the effectiveness of the design, giving the RSD Tug 2513 excellent course-keeping characteristics. Bollard pull is 75 tonnes ahead (push) and 71 tonnes astern (pull).
This ‘bow first’ capability gives tug operators a vessel that is exceptionally efficient.
The design brings additional benefits including a higher freeboard than is usual on a tug of this size. This improves safety and stability. The RSD Tug 2513 also features a wide range of additional features including the new Damen Safety Glass for the wheelhouse. This is shatterproof glass similar to that used in cars and it represents a huge step forward in crew protection because the glass does not fragment when struck by a heavy object. Other innovations include the glued superstructure to counter noise and vibration, and Damen’s remote monitoring system.