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Damen to build two tugs for Svitzer UK

Damen to build two tugs for Svitzer UK
Svitzer has ordered two ASD 3212 tugboats from Damen, to be constructed at the shipbuilder's Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam.

Set for delivery to Svitzer UK in October 2015, the tugs are designed for push-pull operations as well as escorting and towing vessels, and fire-fighting in the Thames and around Felixstowe.

Each vessel features two Caterpillar engines driving  2,800 mm controllable-pitch propellers, amounting to an 80 ton bollard pull.

“Being able to change pitch and power during operation allows smooth and superior maneuverability of these big [escorted] vessels,” said Damen sales manager Martijn Smit. “Damen is happy to be able to provide Svitzer with the standardised fit-for-purpose tugboats and fast turnaround they are looking for. Over the past couple of years, Svitzer UK has increased its Damen tugboat orders. We have a long history of fruitful collaboration.”

The order represents repeat business between Damen and Svitzer, which ordered its first ASD 3212 tug last year.