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Monday, December 16, 2019 

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two vessels, a Damen Multi Cat 1908 and a Stan Tug 1907, to RAK Ports in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Multi Cat, named Hobby, will initially be used to position more than 50 pontoons for a New Year firework display at Marjan Island in Ras al Khaimah. Following this, Hobby will be used for general port assistance and maintenance duties, as well as maintaining navigation buoys.

The Stan Tug was named Hawk, and will join the conventional fleet at Saqr Port to service the large volume of barges currently active at Stevin Rock Harbour.

Hawk and Hobby join eight other Damen Stan Tugs and Damen ASD Tugs in the RAK Ports fleet – ranging from 9 to 80-plus tons bollard pull. This includes a 1976-delivered Stan Tug 7, still operating after 43 years.

Pascal Slingerland, Damen Regional Director Middle East, said he was “delighted with the continued and fruitful relationship with RAK Ports. The Damen Stan Tugs and Multi Cat series are well proven workhorses, the 43 years old Stan Tug 7 of RAK Ports is a great example.”

Capt Magee, Group Harbour Master RAK Ports, said that the Hawk and Hobby are two great vessels and they will go straight to work. He thanked Damen for their flexibility and efforts to modify and deliver these two high quality vessels as quickly as they did.

Both vessels were available from stock for fast delivery. The standard vessels were moved from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands to Abwardy Damen in the UAE, where they were tailored to the client’s requirements.

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