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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 

Damen Shipyards Group has handed over a new, next-generation, Damen RSD Tug 2513 to tug operator Tug Malta.

Named Senglea, after the nearby, historic city of the same name, she joins a fleet that already has a number of Damen ASD tugs, but is the first RSD tug to operate in the region. The RSD Tug 2513 is based on industry consultation, being compact, for operations in and around harbours and terminals, yet it also has the power and flexibility to manoeuvre the largest vessels safely, quickly and efficiently within restricted waters. The design combines elements of both tractor and ASD tugs to create a class of vessel that effectively has two bows, making it equally effective at both bow and stern assists. The Senglea will have an important role to play in manoeuvring container vessels safely in and out of the harbour.

Tug Malta, which is owned by Rimorchiatori Mediterranei Spa (Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group), placed the order for the vessel in November 2019. Built at Damen’s Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, she has a bollard pull of 80 tonnes. The design features Damen’s Twin Fin skeg to enhance directional stability and provide higher indirect towing force. The RSD Tug 2513 also features Damen Triton – a digitalised remote monitoring system that collects data from sensors throughout the vessel, reporting such things as fuel, oil and water levels on board as well as performance indicators such as power, RPM and fuel consumption.

“We are very happy to have completed this order and delivered the Damen RSD Senglea to Tug Malta,” said Antonio Marte, Area Manager North, West and South Europe, Damen Shipyards. “It wasn’t easy to execute this project right in the middle of a pandemic, but we took special measures related to logistics and production, whilst ensuring the safest possible working environment. As a result of these measure, we were able to secure a continuous workflow at the yard, leading to the on-time delivery of the vessel and the well-being of all involved in the project."

Mario Mizzi, CEO Tug Malta, said: "We are proud that Sengela has joined our fleet and presently Tug Malta can boast to have one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the Mediterranean thanks to the continuous investment undertaken in recent years. The new addition of the RSD Tug 2513 is another milestone in the Company’s quest to better respond to the needs of our customers delivering the highest service quality level.”

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