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Monday, March 16, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Forth Ports for an ASD Tug 2312, to operate as part of the Forth Estuary Towage operation, conducting towage work at various Forth Ports locations as well as providing towage services to other customers in Scotland.

Forth Ports has a range of existing operations in the Forth and Tay Estuaries, while the new vessel will provide opportunities to service new emerging markets such as decommissioning and offshore wind.  The ASD 2312 is designed to be powerful, with 70 tonnes bollard pull, and manoeuvrable. with a twin fin skeg and dual azimuth thrusters.

The tug is IMO Tierr III ready. Emissions are further reduced thanks to the tug’s smooth rounded bilge, an efficient profile that cuts fuel consumption. Damen has prepared a NOx Reduction System that can be applied to IMO Tier III ready vessels at any stage for full compliance.

As a result of Damen’s philosophy of standardised shipbuilding, the ASD Tug 2312 was already under construction when Forth Ports placed the order with Damen, ensuring rapid delivery of the vessel. Forth Ports has selected a number of options, including remote monitoring. Damen will outfit the ASD Tug 2312 with CCTV, FiFi capabilities, additional fendering at the bow and a winterisation package, amongst other options. As Forth Ports required the tug to be operational as soon as possible, Damen Marine Services (DMS) stepped into to assist. While the new ASD Tug 2312 is under construction, DMS is providing ASD Tug 2811 Pioneer to operate with Forth Ports.

Damen Sales Manager UK Mike Besijn said: “We are delighted with this order from Forth Ports. The ASD Tug 2312 is a tug for the future that I am sure will serve them well in the years to come. Forth Ports has carefully evaluated their vessel requirements for both their current and future plans around fleet renewal and we are delighted that they have selected Damen for this replacement tug and we look forward to a long and growing relationship with Forth Ports.”

Alan McPherson, Chief Harbour Master, Forth Ports said: “We are very pleased to be working with Damen on the delivery of the 2312 to Forth Estuary Towage as we replace older tonnage and significantly increase our towage fleet capability. The team at Damen have worked closely with us to deliver a very capable vessel for the operations we undertake and our staff are looking forward to this type of tug within our fleet. I look forward to building our relationship with Damen in the coming years.”

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