Damen Shipyards Group has gained a contract to supply an escort tug for a mining export port in Australia
South32 affiliate Gemco has ordered a new azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug in the Northern Territory to support manganese transport from the port at Groote Eylandt, 650 km southeast of Darwin.
Damen will supply a 22.8-m ASD 2312 tug from its facilities at the Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. It will be outfitted with additional equipment and mobilised to arrive in the Port of Darwin Australia by October 2021.
Additions include a push bow, close circuit television, a crane, a second towing line and anchor. With a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, it has a twin-fin skeg on the hull, dual azimuth thrusters, a beam of 12 m, power of around 3,805 kW and a top speed of 12.2 knots.
This is the first time this design of tug has been ordered for an Australian port.
Gemco is majority owned and operated by South32, a globally diversified mining and metals company.
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