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DAMEN ASD TUG DEVELOPED FOR DUTCH OPERATOR

Monday, June 15, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group recently delivered an ASD Tug 2312, 'Jupiter', to Iskes, which will operate in the ports of IJmuiden and Amsterdam carrying out regular port towage duties and handling crane barges.

Damen signed the contract for the vessel with Iskes in July 2018, at the design, intended to combine safety, sustainability, reliability and efficiency,, was jointly developed with Iskes.

Damen sales manager Joost van der Weiden said, “Iskes gave us a lot of valuable input for the design of this new class of tug. We often work together with our customers when developing new vessels – it’s a good way for us to make sure that the boats we build fully meet their requirements.”

Iskes CEO Jim Iskes said, “We are very satisfied with the result. The ASD Tug 2312 is a compact vessel with a very high degree of manoeuvrability, required for operating in the ports of Amsterdam and IJmuiden. And notwithstanding her compact design, the vessel, with 60 tonnes BP, has ample power to perform every job at hand, to all sizes of vessels calling at the port.”

The ASD Tug 2312 features a winch integrated into the superstructure, which as well as offering a spacious, safe and clutter-free deck, the central positioning means the vessel can, with just one winch, tow both fore and aft. With only one winch required, the vessel is more compact and the sheltered location provides protection from the elements and minimises maintenance requirements.

Beneath the waterline, the Damen Twin Fin significantly improves directional stability in both sailing directions, making the vessel predictable when sailing aft, as well as in front of a ship. The tug is IMO Tier III ready, including all mandatory certification;  all that is required is the simple retrofit of a Damen Selective Catalytic Reduction System.

Damen built Jupiter at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. In order to ensure maximum safety during the coronavirus crisis, Damen amended its delivery planning. The vessel was intended to sail on her own keel to the Netherlands, but travel restrictions made this difficult. The alternative was transporting the tug on a heavy lift ship. However, internal travel restrictions in Vietnam meant that the vessel could not be transported to Ha Long Bay in order to meet the heavy lift vessel.

Joost said: “The well-being of all the people involved was our first priority at all times. To ensure safety and minimise the chance of the spread of disease, we arranged for the heavy lift vessel to collect the vessel not at Ha Long Bay as is typical, but closer to the yard at Hai Phong. The events of these past few months have required us to be adaptable, but, working together with our customers and our suppliers we have usually found ways to remain safely open for business.”

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