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Twin focus on sustainability and innovation

Two organisations with a focus on sustainability and innovation are progressing their shared aims with the production of two next generation tugs.

After an intensive tender process, Damen Shipyards Group has been awarded a contract by the Port of Antwerp to deliver two RSD Tugs 2513. The vessels are part of Damen’s Next Generation Tugs series and are built with the latest technologies with regard to safety, sustainability, efficiency and reliability.

“We attach great importance to creating a sustainable port”, Celine Audenaerdt, technical manager Port of Antwerp said. “In our role as operators we wish to set a good example by investing in greening our fleet. We are systematically replacing our tugs by modern type, more environmentally friendly tugs. Buying the two Damen tugs fits in this framework. The new tugs have more fuel-efficient engines and a more efficient propulsion, which significantly reduces fuel consumption. In addition, we are developing two new prototypes for hydrogen and methanol propulsion.”

The RSD Tug 2513 is a dedicated ship-handling tug both compact and – with 70 tonnes bollard pull – powerful. It has two bows, giving optimal performance in both bow and stern assisting operations. As a result of the always bow first approach, Damen has been able to incorporate a higher freeboard than would usually be possible on a tug of this size – meaning no water on deck, improved seakeeping and increased safety.

The Port of Antwerp has chosen to have the vessels fitted with Damen’s fully certified Marine NOX reduction system, developed in-house, making them IMO Tier III compliant.  Damen offers numerous options for its vessels; in this way the shipbuilder is able to deliver standardised, proven vessels, tailored to the individual requirements of its clients.

“We are very proud to deliver the first Damen tugs – and also the first azimuth driven tugs – to the Port of Antwerp to match their sustainable and operational ambitions. I must also congratulate the Port of Antwerp team on their continuous focus on lowering emissions and their courage to invest in the latest technologies,” says Vincent Maes Damen area sales manager Benelux. “It is a pleasure to work with such a customer.”

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