Svitzer takes delivery of two Damen ASD Tugs 3212 in the UK

News, Salvage, Towage, Wreck Removals, Shipbuilding and Shipyards — By on December 4, 2015 at 7:47 AM


CPP and special render recovery winches ensure superb performance

Svitzer, the leading global towage and salvage specialist, has taken delivery of two Damen ASD Tugs 3212 in the UK. The initial contract was signed at the Tugnology 2015 event, which took place in London in May.

The vessels were built for stock at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam and arrived in Rotterdam in late October as part of a 22-vessel consignment on board BigLift Shipping’s heavy-lift vessel, Happy Star.

Named the Svitzer Deben and Svitzer Kent respectively, the 32-metre vessels deliver 80 tonnes of bollard pull and are equipped with 2.8 metre controllable pitch propellers (CPP) and special render recovery winches. Kent has also been equipped with FiFi1 fire-fighting capabilities while the Deben has an aft winch. Both vessels will be used for general towage and escort duties in the ports of London (Gravesend) and Felixstowe respectively. Commissioning took place at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and the vessels were delivered on time in early November, less than six months after the order was placed.

These ASD Tugs 3212 are ideal for handling large vessels. Aside from their size and design, the combination of CPP and the render recovery winches ensures smooth, superior manoeuvrability and excellent control of the very large vessels that enter and leave these ports.

Svitzer now operates three ASD Tugs 3212 in the UK, and nineteen Damen ASD Tugs of various types across the UK as a whole.

“Svitzer were extremely pleased with the cooperation and technical support from Damen. They have managed to seamlessly deliver a state-of-the art product on time. We look forward to continued partnership with Damen in future, ” said Deniz True, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Europe.

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9, 000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

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