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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Damen Shipyards Group has received an order from SAAM Towage for an ASD Tug 2813 for operations in the port of Veracruz, Mexico.

According to Damen sales manager Ezequiel Najmias the contract resulted from a visit he arranged for the client to the Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam.

“Seeing the entire process first-hand was an insightful experience for all of us,” said Pablo E. Caceres, SAAM Towage technical director. “We were able to get a close-up view of Damen’s operational standards, which we find very impressive. Together with Damen’s excellent track record of previous deliveries, confirming their high standards in action is the reason we decided to order the vessel from Damen.”

Damen's relationship with Port operator and towage provider SAAM dates back to 1995.

“We’re very happy to supply SAAM Towage again,” said Najmias, “as a continuation of our productive relationship. The ASD Tug 2813 is highly manoeuvrable, while also being powerful and offering a high level of crew comfort, so it will certainly be an asset to the fleet. SAAM Towage requested a vessel with over 80 tonnes bollard pull, and the ASD Tug 2813 is an ideal fit, with a maximum bollard pull of 85 tonnes and a top speed of 13 knots.”

The ASD Tug 2813 is a standard Damen product, allowing Damen to guarantee fast delivery. The ASD 2813 Tug’s systems are modular, allowing the possibility for customisation to the client’s requirements without incurring massive additional costs. On this occasion, SAAM Towage’s only additional option was the inclusion of a FiFi1 unit, providing firefighting capability to the vessel. The ASD Tug 2813 will be delivered from Damen’s Song Cam shipyard to SAAM Mexico in January 2020.

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