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Monday, November 4, 2019 

Damen Shipyards Group has celebrated handing over 13 Damen tugs to Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping, for operation in various offshore terminals in Iraq.

The vessels will be operated under a 20-year cooperation agreement between Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping and General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI). The contract was signed in March 2019, and Damen delivered all vessels within a seven month period. The company was able to deliver the 13 tugs quickly, modified to the requirements of its client, thanks to its philosophy of standardised shipbuilding, which ensures the fast delivery of proven vessels. The order comprised four ASD Tugs 2813, two ASD Tugs 3212, three RSD Tugs 2513 – all from Damen’s Next Generation Tugs series – three Stan Tugs 2208 and a Shoalbuster 2609. The ASD tugs are equipped with FiFi 1 and carry escort towing notation.  The contract includes spare part packages, training, a computerised planned maintenance system and a remote monitoring system on board all tugs.

Albwardy Damen of the UAE outfitted the tugs as per the client’s requirements and provided training to all crew prior to delivery.

Jawar Al Khaleej has various other Damen vessels in its fleet, which have proven to be reliable; essential considering the remote offshore location and harsh environmental conditions in which the vessels must operate.

Jawar Al Khaleej chairman Eng Baydaq Al Jazaeri said: “This Mission was not an easy one, it was a great challenge. However, we had a big confidence in our partner in business, Damen, who met and exceeded our expectations in making it happen despite all challenges. I would like to thank all the Damen team and a special thanks to Mr Bram Langeveld area director Middle East and Mr Pascal Slingerland Damen sales director Middle East for their continuous support and follow-up. Jawar is grateful to GCPI for their confidence in us for such a big contract, which is related to the economy of a big country such as Iraq.”

Slingerland said, “It has been an honour to extend our long lasting relationship with Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping and to support Jawar in this prestigious contract with GCPI. On behalf of Damen I congratulate both parties on their cooperation and on the delivery of their new tugs. This delivery includes some of the most state-of-the-art tug technology on the market, including cutting edge innovations in safety, design and remote monitoring. We have every confidence that these thoroughly fit for purpose tugs will meet the offshore terminal requirements and enables save and reliable operation."

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