Damen presents new advanced tug designs
Damen has unveiled five new tug designs including new models and further evolution of existing designs intended to capitalise on technical developments and allow greener more efficient operations.
The announcement coincided (very precisely) with arrival of one of the new designs the RSD Tug 2513 Bis Viridis at ITS 2018 in Marseilles, following the first of class Innovation. The remaining new models comprise three ASDs and an ATD. With an eye to occasional additional tasks including salvage and coastal towage an ASD Tug 2312 (see elsewhere in this column regarding the first order) and a slightly larger ASD Tug 2813 have joined Damen’s portfolio. Offering 60tbp and 80tbp respectively in both push and pull mode they achieve compactness through use of ‘smart layouts’ with the 23m version providing accommodation for six persons and an aft deck area of 54m2 compared to the 10-person accommodation and 82m2 of the 28m version.
The ASD Tug 2810 is one of Damen’s most popular models and has been redesigned to become the ASD Tug 2811. Another successful design is the ASD 3212 which has been upgraded and ‘further optimised and made ready for the next decade’ with the new marque name ATD 3212. These also come in at 60tbp and 80tbp respectively.
These additions comply with new Harmonised Class rules concerning stability regulations due for adoption in January 2020, seen as a response by IMO and classification societies to increasing power and compactness of modern shiphandling tugs. Damen has chosen a new modular Marine NOx Reduction System providing compliance with IMO Tier III regulations and allowing flexibility in complying with emission regulations from the start of build, during building or as a retrofit. The new Damen Digital Platform allowing customers to increase efficiency in operations planning and maintenance is also included.
Damen product manager tugs Dirk Degroote says: “We have been working hard as a team on the development of this next generation. We knew it was important not to reinvent the wheel. Our vessels have proven themselves reliable and efficient over the years and still have much to offer. That being the case, the development of the next generation series has been about taking the best of our existing vessels and adding innovation to deliver a range of vessels fit for the future.”
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