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Hot build for cold fleet

The Defence Materiel Administration of Sweden has ordered four Ice class Stan Tugs 1706 with a full suite of options from Damen Shipyards, with a further two vessels on option. 

The contract was put out to tender by Försvarets Materielverk (FMV), the procurement organisation for the Swedish armed forces. Damen won the tender due to successful previous performance, standard designs that could be easily customised for the extensive range of optional equipment that the operators in the naval harbours require, and reliable delivery; criteria satisfying FMV’s requirements.

A heavy duty crane, bow thrusters, an extra strong aft winch and more will be installed on Damen Stan Tug 1606 design, which has been extended to 17 metres length overall to accommodate all the specified options. Engines comply with IMO Tier III emission regulations.

Other options include heating and air-conditioning, a galley with settee and toilet will complete crew safety and comfort aboard. The twin screw tug will be powered by two Volvo D13 MH engines. Exhaust silencing, SCR (selective catalytic reduction – to remove nitrogen dioxide from exhaust gases) and soot filters will ensure IMO Tier III compliance. 

An auxiliary generator delivers extra electric power needed for crane handling. Bilge cooling ducts transfer engine heat into the waters from a closed loop system, without take-in of surface water in which ice particles could block the engine cooling system. The push knee on the tugs’ bows will be adapted to navigating through ice.

Mr Patric Hjorth, Director Naval Division, said, “This is the second order FMV placed with Damen Shipyards. This series of new harbour tugs is part of our fleet renewal program. Damen has proven to be the right partner for this project. Their experience with state of the art tug boats as well the ability to maintain the vessel during their lifetime and deliver excellent service from their local yard in Sweden has positioned them well to support and advise us in our mission to provide the Swedish Navy with reliable and smooth sailing vessels.”

Martin Verstraaten, Damen Sales Manager, said, “Throughout the tender process, the collaboration between all parties has been excellent. Implementing FMV's special demands in our proven design and combining our operational knowledge and shipbuilding experience has resulted in a compliant solution that offers real value for money.”

The four vessels will be built at the Albwardy Damen yard in Dubai, UAE. This yard recently completed construction of six Stan Tug 1606 vessels. The lengthened design for FMV will benefit  from the building experience at the yard. FMV previously ordered two Damen ASD 3010 ice class tugs, positive experience with these vessels as well as the cooperation with Damen played a role in their choice to select Damen for the construction of these four STu 1706 ICE tugs. The lengthened tugs for FMV get their own type name. 

The vessels are to operate in the Stockholm harbour (2x) and in Karlskrona (2x). Two further ice class tugs of the same design are on option, these are to operate in the western parts of Sweden. The Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet in the south-east of Sweden will act as a service hub for the FMV tugs.

The four Stan Tugs will be delivered to Sweden by the end of 2023.

Exhibitor; Damen Shipyards

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