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From contract to christening in four months

Super-quick delivery is becoming a habit, although even by Damen standards this was exceptional, with the new Damen ASD Tug 2810 'Peter Wessels' being handed over exactly four months after the contract for the new vessel was signed.

Louis Meyer, established in 1907 and now under the management of the fifth generation of the founding family, will be chartering the ‘Peter Wessel’ to Emder Schlepp-Betrieb GmbH (ESB), which operates from the busy Port of Emden, Lower Saxony.

This is the second Damen tug for Louis Meyer having taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2411, the ‘Jan’, in June 2019, an even faster delivery with the contract being signed, on 11 April 2019.

Damen’s policy of offering both a wide range of standard designs that can then be customised to meet the exact needs of each customer, and of building for stock to guarantee fast deliveries made this quick delivery possible. This particular vessel had been built for stock at Damen Song Cam Shipyard and then transported to Europe for just such an eventuality.

The ‘Peter Wessels’ features a number of options, most notably an aft winch which equips it for coastal towage of barges. It also has been fitted with a sewage treatment plant, a boiler and heated windows.

The 28-metre ASD Tug 2810 is one of Damen’s most popular vessels, with over 150 sold since its introduction. With 60 tonnes of bollard pull, they are also highly manoeuvrable, and are built to a rugged design well known for its reliability and durability. They can be found working in ports and harbours around the world.

Damen sales manager Joschka Böddeling commented, “We are very pleased to have been working with Louis Meyer again, and so soon. The fact that they have added two Damen vessels ships to their fleet in such a short space of time is very gratifying. We look forward to working with them again in the future.  The Peter Wessels has very much been a ship of the Coronavirus era, with the contract signed remotely and the naming ceremony taking place under strict safety conditions. But it is proof that life did go on despite everything and our thanks go out to all involved.”

“For us it was nice to work with another family business on the ‘Peter Wessels’”, added Edvin Kohlsaat, Managing Director at Louis Meyer. “So it was a simple decision to return to Damen where they take our ideas into account  and deliver high quality. We are confident that the Peter Wessels will be a great asset to ESB and their operations in Emden.”

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