Damen to supply tugs to Antwerp
Damen Shipyards Group has been awarded a contract by the Port of Antwerp to deliver two RSD Tugs 2513 after an intensive tender process.
Both Damen and the Port of Antwerp have a focus on sustainability and innovation with the latter selecting to have the vessels fitted with Damen’s fully certified Marine NOX reduction system, making them IMO Tier III compliant.
“We attach great importance to creating a sustainable port”, said Celine Audenaerdt, technical manager Port of Antwerp. “We are systematically replacing our tugs by modern type, more environmentally friendly tugs. The new tugs have more fuel-efficient engines and a more efficient propulsion, which significantly reduces fuel consumption. In addition, we are developing two new prototypes for hydrogen and methanol propulsion.”
The RSD Tug 2513 is said to produce lower emissions than an equivalent tug and has features such as shatterproof glazing and an ergonomic human machine interface. With 70 tonnes of bollard pull the two bows give optimal performance in both bow and stern assisting operations.
The Port of Antwerp has also selected to have the vessels outfitted with FiFi 1 firefighting capabilities.
“We are very proud to deliver the first Damen tugs – and also the first azimuth driven tugs – to the Port of Antwerp to match their sustainable and operational ambitions,” said Vincent Maes Damen, area sales manager Benelux.
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