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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group is delivering an ASD Tug 2813, to be named ASD Mater, in honour of the Virgin Mary, to Cititug in Ecuador, for operation in the bunkering terminal of the Port of Esmeraldas.

The contract was signed in February 2020; the speed of delivery having been facilitated by Damen’s practice of building standard vessels for stock – in this case at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam.

Although based on a proven Damen design, Cititug’s ASD Tug 2813 is tailored to the company’s specific requirements with a number of selected options. These include a deck crane and – of importance to the vessel’s role in a bunkering terminal – FiFi 1 notation and an oil spill pollution control system, the first of its kind in Ecuador.

Xavier Game, Owner of Cititug. said: “We are always looking for excellent service. Before I started Cititug I was already aware of Damen by reputation. So, when I wanted to buy a newbuild vessel, I got in touch. I was very impressed, not only by the quality of the boats, but also by the service we received – it gave me a good feeling.”

The Tug is currently en route to Ecuador from Vietnam aboard a heavy lift vessel, due to arrive mid-November.

“We are celebrating this because it is something unique – not just for Cititug, this is something big for the whole region. This will be one of the best tugs in South America and will play an important role in making the terminal safer and more efficient. She’s going to help a lot,” said Game.

Marnix Brouwer, Damen sales manager Americas said: “We are very thankful to Cititug for the trust placed in us. They have put a lot of thought into this investment and as a result, they have got a state-of-the-art vessel that, I am confident, will fully meet their needs. We congratulate Cititug for their contribution to the safety of operations in  Ecuador's fuel terminals, and on behalf of Damen, I wish Cititug all the best with their new vessel. They can count on us for support going forwards.”

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