A new tug will be employed in northern Norway for dredging operations after the Norwegian owner purchased it from a Dutch shipbuilder.
Owner Gerd Stensen has acquired a stan tug from Damen Shipyards for dredging in Norwegian fjords, work for the French agricultural industry. This new tug will replace an older version that was sold in Q4 2018 to an operator in the Baltic Sea.
Damen will supply a vessel of Stan Tug 1606 design that it had already built for its available stock. Which meant this stan tug was available rapidly for this owner.
Gerd Stensen needed this stan tug after it secured a contract for dredging coral sand in northern Norway. This vessel will support a dredging pontoon in the Norwegian fjords once delivered.
A letter of intent was signed by the owner and the shipyard in September 2018 following tests with a stan tug of this design. Damen then adapted the vessel to its Gerd Stensen’s requirements. This included fitting a towing winch for manoeuvring the pontoon and an additional heating system for operations in the northern climate.
Upon completion, the tug will be transported on the deck of a liner vessel from the Port of Rotterdam for delivery in Norway in Q1 2019.