Damen introduces the ASD Tug 2913 – compact, powerful and ideal for busy ports  

By Peter Pospiech at March 21, 2013 05:56
Filed Under: Company News, Shipyards

Damen Shipyards Group is launching a new vessel type in its ASD Tug series. The ASD Tug 2913 has been designed primarily as a highly manoeuvrable, powerful tug, ideally suited for busy harbours where space is limited. Petersen & Alpers (Germany) is the launching customer for the new tug, which will be delivered end 2014. The new type answers market demand for more powerful tugs as vessels continue to get larger and for more spacious accommodation.

Damen Shipyards is proud to announce that it already has a launching customer for the new tug, the highly esteemed German towage operator Petersen & Alpers, which is one of the oldest maritime companies in Germany. Frank de Lange, Damen Sales Director explains why Damen decided to introduce a new tug type in the ASD series. “Vessel sizes are increasingly growing, while ports are still restricted to their physical size. Customers were requesting more powerful tugs, but they still have to be compact so they can operate in harbours which are lacking space.”

* 75 tonnes plus bollard pull 

This new tug Standard slots in between the Damen ASD Tug 2810 with a 60 tonnes bollard pull and the highly powerful offshore terminal ASD Tug 3212, which was recently introduced. Developing a new compact type with a bollard pull of 75-80 tonness was really a logical step for the Damen series, he adds. “For the ASD Tug 2913 we adopted a similar design philosophy as for the new ASD Tug 3212 and although the vessel is primarily a harbour tug, it also has very good seakeeping capabilities.”

* At 13 m wide, the vessel is very stable and very comfortable for the crew. The new type has push/pull capabilities and can be fitted with an aft winch as an option. The tug is also the first Damen tug to have a double hull to comply with the latest safety regulations and to answer customer demand.

“Our new Damen vessel will be particularly suited for the port of Hamburg, which has very small basins”, he stresses. “Seagoing vessels are getting bigger and bigger. A highly maneuverable, compact tug with more power was needed. So the Damen ASD Tug 2913 was the right tool for Hamburg. Low maintenance costs are also important”. The company has already good experience with the ASD Damen Tug 2411, which requires only limited maintenance because the coating is of good quality. Crucially, Petersen & Alpers has a great deal of confidence in Damen. “We trust each other, which is the most important. It is not just price but performance, service and maintenance.”


Image: courtesy of Damen Shipyard

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