Netherlands-based Multraship Towage & Salvage has celebrated the arrival of two new tugs with a naming ceremony at the company’s base in Terneuzen.
Multraship returned to Damen during a period of wider fleet expansion, with the shipyard’s build-for-stock policy allowing speedy delivery of the Stan Tug 1205 Multratug 5 and ASD Tug 2810 Multratug 6, both entering service in the River Scheldt area following the ceremony.
Damen’s standard designs allow modifications to suit customers’ needs and the larger of the two, Multratug 6, includes a winterisation package, fifi1 class notation and an aft winch along with other additional features.
Multratug 6 also has the distinction of being the last ASD Tug 2810 to be built, Damen describing the series, of which more than 200 have been built, as “the most successful design to date and can be found operating in harbours all around the world”.
The naming ceremony was attended by guests from Damen including sales director Benelux Mijndert Wiesenekker and sales manager Benelux Vincent Maes.
The owner’s fleet expansion includes two powerful (200tbp) ETVs, Multraship Commander and Multraship Protector, both built in 2006 and chartered to the Netherlands government to patrol the country’s coastline including areas seeing expansion into the offshore wind sector.
The 2015-built Multi Cat 2613 Multrasalvor 6 and 2016-built ASD Tug 2810 Multratug 9 are also recent additions to Multraship’s fleet.
Captain Leendert Muller, managing director, Multraship, said: “We work hard to ensure that our fleet reflects the needs and requirements of our customers and that we are best equipped to provide rapid, reliable and safe towage and salvage services at any time. For this, we need to have high-quality tugs with a range of operational capabilities. We know we can rely on Damen to meet our specifications and deliver high-spec vessels and we are very pleased to formally welcome Multratug 5 and Multratug 6 to our fleet.”
“It’s a pleasure to be here to witness this special occasion,” said Damen’s Benelux Vincent Maes. “The event is made even more poignant with Multratug 6 being the last ASD Tug 2810 to be delivered. The design of the tug, like all vessels in our portfolio, has been developed with lots of valuable input from our clients. Multraship, as a long-standing customer of many years, has provided with us many useful insights that have been incorporated into the evolution of our tugs.”