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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem recently held a naming ceremony for the 'Peter Wessels', a new Damen ASD Tug 2810 which was handed over to Hamburg-based Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer.

Even by Damen standards this was an exceptionally fast build, the contract for the new vessel having been signed four months previously, on 14 April  2020. This was made possible by Damen’s policy of both offering a wide range of standard designs that can then be customised to meet the exact needs of each customer, and of building for stock to guarantee fast deliveries. This particular vessel had been built for stock at Damen Song Cam Shipyard and then transported to Europe to meet just such a need as this.

The 28m ASD Tug 2810 is one of Damen’s most popular vessels, with over 150 sold since its introduction. With 60t bollard pull, they are highly manoeuvrable, and are built to a rugged design well known for reliability and durability. The Peter Wessels features a number of options, most notably an aft winch for coastal towage of barges. It has been fitted with a sewage treatment plant, a boiler and heated windows.

Louis Meyer, established in 1907 and now under the management of the fifth generation of the founding family, will be chartering the ASD Tug 2810 to Emder Schlepp-Betrieb (ESB), which operates from the Port of Emden, Lower Saxony. The arrival of the Peter Wessels will take its fleet up to five vessels and will be its first Damen vessel.

This is Louis Meyer's second Damen tug, having taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2411, named the Jan, in June 2019. This was an even faster delivery with the contract being signed almost exactly a year prior to that for the Peter Wessels, on 11 April 2019. The Peter Wessels is now at work in Emden.

Damen sales manager Joschka Böddeling said: “We are very pleased to have been working with Louis Meyer again, and so soon. The fact that they have added two Damen vessels ships to their fleet in such a short space of time is very gratifying. We look forward to working with them again in the future. The Peter Wessels has very much been a ship of the Coronvirus era, with the contract signed remotely and the naming ceremony taking place under strict safety conditions. But it is proof that life did go on despite everything and our thanks go out to all involved.”

“For us it was nice to work with another family business on the Peter Wessels”, said Edvin Kohlsaat, MD Louis Meyer. “So it was a simple decision to return to Damen where they take our ideas into account  and deliver high quality. We are confident that the Peter Wessels will be a great asset to ESB and their operations in Emden.”

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