A Netherlands-based maritime service company has ordered a newbuild tug to support its operations in Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East.
EMAR Offshore Services contracted Damen Shipyards at the end of December to deliver a 2018-design azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug. This vessel will be based on a Damen ASD 2811 design with additional features for fire-fighting (FiFi), environmental performance and towage.
Damen said this design was for a “new generation of harbour tugs” as it has improved manoeuvrability and stability. Damen will adapt an ASD 2811 stock tug for EMAR Offshore’s order. It will be named E-Two and should be delivered to the owner before the end of March this year.
E-Two will have a FiFi1 system for fighting fires, an extra aft winch for towage and a modular marine nitrogen oxide reduction system to reduce emissions.
Damen said it built ASD 2811 tugs to comply with new stability regulations and with 60 tonnes of bollard pull.
ASD 2811 is an upgrade from the ASD 2810 design as it has an 11-m beam compared with 10 m of the previous design. It was designed to provide ship handling operations with improved manoeuvrability in restricted waterways and harbours.
E-Two will be connected to Damen’s digital platform to maximise performance and reliability. It is the second ASD 2811 design tug contracted to an owner.
EMAR Offshore was established in 2010 and operates in the Caribbean, South America, West Africa, the Middle East and Russia. It has a fleet of six tugs, of which five were built by Damen. It supports companies involved in oil and gas, construction and mining.