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Monday, October 5, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group has been awarded a contract to design a new Offshore Terminal Tug, two of which are initially planned to be built at Chouest's Louisiana shipyard for parent company Edison Chouest Offshore.

The contract, for a 50m ASD tug, Damen type number ASD 5016, builds upon the well-established partnership between the two companies. Chouest has, to date, built 12 Damen ASD Tugs 3212 and five Damen ASD Tugs 4517.

Damen has designed the ASD Tug 5016 to provide escort, hold-back, hose-handling and maintenance duties offshore Guyana.  The tug will deliver 120t of static Bollard Pull delivered by twin C-280 engines. It will have a hybrid system that will be engaged when loitering. Extensive operational experience from Chouest supplied all the necessary ingredients for the design to perform optimally once in operation in Guyana.

To facilitate the hose maintenance, the vessel features a 27m aft deck with hose-flushing equipment and a full width sump. The tugs will carry a workboat to assist in hose-handling operations. The ASD Tugs 5016 built by Chouest will be installed with FiFi 1 and Oil Spill response equipment.

Damen has developed the ASD Tug 5016 design in close collaboration with Chouest, drawing on extensive operational experience offshore in Guyana and input from the client. Damen sales manager Americas Daan Dijxhoorn said: “The ASD Tug 5016 is a testimony to the successful relationship that Damen has enjoyed with Edison Chouest over the years. Characteristic of this relationship, the ASD Tug  5016 draws on proven Damen technology and applies it in a new way in order to meet the requirements of Chouest and their clients.”

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