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Thursday, September 24, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group recently handed over an ASD tug 2810 to Thomas Services Maritimes (TSM) of France, which was delivered in six months from contract, thanks to Damen's policy of building series vessel designs from stock.

The ASD Tug 2810 is the most successful ASD Tug in Damen’s portfolio, with over 175 deliveries since its introduction in 2002. TSM was looking for a proven vessel and design, 60 tons bollard pull with a short delivery time for its harbour towage operations.

The quick delivery was despite the outbreak of the coronavirus, which naturally lead to some delays in production and prevented the vessel crew from travelling to Albwardy Damen in Dubai, where the tug was being constructed. However, with implementation of safe working measures and technical acceptance being done remotely, production could continue during this time.

Joost van der Weiden, Damen sales manager, said: “As family businesses TSM and Damen share common goals and values. Our mutual appreciation for the benefits of standardisation and constant aim for high standards ensures a good fit. As such, we have enjoyed an excellent collaboration with TSM during the construction of this ASD Tug 2810. On behalf of Damen, I wish TSM success with their new vessel.”

The ASD Tug 2810 will be named TSM Houat, after the island of the same name in the department of Morbihan, Brittany. Her home port will be Sète in the Hérault department on the Mediterranean.

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