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Next generation sets forth

Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Forth Ports Ltd for an ASD Tug 2312. The signing ceremony took place in Tilbury Docks, UK on 26 February.

Forth Ports has a range of existing operations in the Forth and Tay Estuaries that will benefit from the acquisition of this new vessel, however, the new vessel will also provide opportunities to service new emerging markets such as decommissioning and offshore wind.  The compact ASD 2312 is well suited to operating in such an environment; her twin fin skeg and dual azimuth thruster make her very manoeuvrable and she boasts a powerful 70 tonnes bollard pull.

The tug is IMO Tier III ready. Emissions are further reduced thanks to the tug’s smooth rounded bilge, an efficient profile that cuts fuel consumption. Damen has a NOx Reduction System that can be applied to IMO Tier III ready vessels at any stage for full compliance.

Damen Sales Manager UK Mike Besijn said, “We are delighted with this order from Forth Ports. The ASD Tug 2312 is a tug for the future that I am sure will serve them well in the years to come. Forth Ports has carefully evaluated their vessel requirements for both their current and future plans around fleet renewal and we are delighted that they have selected Damen for this replacement tug, and we look forward to a long and growing relationship with Forth Ports.”

Alan McPherson, Chief Harbour Master at Forth Ports said, “We are very pleased to be working with Damen on the delivery of the 2312 to Forth Estuary Towage as we replace older tonnage and significantly increase our towage fleet capability. The team at Damen have worked closely with us to deliver a very capable vessel for the operations we undertake, and our staff are looking forward to this type of tug within our fleet. I look forward to building our relationship with Damen in the coming years.”

As a result of Damen’s philosophy of standardised shipbuilding, the ASD Tug 2312 was already under construction when Forth Ports placed their order with Damen, ensuring rapid delivery of the vessel. the ASD Tug 2312 is customisable via modular options. Forth Ports has selected a number of options for its vessel, including remote monitoring CCTV, FiFi capabilities, additional fendering at the bow and a winterisation package, amongst other options.

As Forth Ports needs the new tug to be operational as soon as possible, Damen Marine Services (DMS) has stepped in to assist; providing a ASD Tug 2811 Pioneer to operate with Forth Ports while the new ASD Tug 2312 completes construction.

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