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Med towage operator Fratelli Neri orders first Damen tug

Med towage operator Fratelli Neri orders first Damen tug
Family-owned Italian tug operator Fratelli Neri, based in Livorno, has ordered its first Damen ASD 3212 tug, which will be the first ASD tug in the Mediterranean region with a Damen Render Recovery Escort winch.

Due for delivery by December 2015, the tug’s stable seakeeping, revised hull shape and raised bow will enable it to operate in higher wave heights, Damen claims, when assisting large tankers and boxships in rough seas.

The new hydraulically powered double-drum winch will enable the tug to handle a load of up to 200 tonnes before hitting Maximum Breaking Load (MBL), and giving the vessel a bollard pull of over 80 tonnes. “The Render Recovery winch has proven far more reliable and faster in demanding sea escort operations in recovering a line than a normal winch,” said Andrea Trevisan, Damen North, West and South Europe sales manager.

“Damen’s well-known high quality construction and reliability, as well as fast delivery times, were the main reasons behind our decision to place this order,” said Fratelli Neri chartering manager, Corrado Neri. “We are proud to add this Damen ASD 3212 tug to our fleet and quite confident that our Masters will enjoy using it. The tug will be used for port towage in the Mediterranean, although its versatility and performance do not preclude our using it elsewhere.”

As well as the new ASD 3212, Fratelli Neri has bought two additional secondhand Stan 2608 tugs from Damen Trading. “Their technical characteristics match perfectly with the requirements of a tender awarded to us by a major foreign oil company. The proven concept design and long lasting quality of these tugs also drove our decision to purchase them,” said Neri.

Previously, Fratelli Neri purchased LNG Express, a Damen Stan Tender 1905, in 2010. The vessel is used as a crew boat at the floating LNG terminal near Livorno, Italy.