A New Zealand port has ordered a powerful tug to manoeuvre larger ships as it expands its quayside capacity.
Port Nelson has contracted Damen Shipyards to deliver an azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug in 2019 to replace smaller tugs as it extends its capabilities.
Damen will build an ASD 2411 tug with a bollard pull of around 70 tonnes. It will join a Damen ASD 2310 tug, Toia, that was delivered to Port Nelson in 2016. Two older tugs will be removed from service as a result of this new delivery.
Port Nelson ordered the ASD 2411 tug from Damen to support its expansion strategy. The port operator is increasing its wharf to accommodate vessels up to 280 m in length. It therefore needed a larger and more powerful tug, said Port Nelson chief executive Martin Byrne.
“We look forward to working with Damen to ensure the future towage needs of our business continue to be met and enable us to continue to facilitate regional prosperity in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions,” he said.
Damen will build this tug to its standard ASD 2411 design, but will adapt it to Port Nelson’s specific requirements, including installing a gangway to facilitate crew access in the 4-m tides experienced in the port.
Port Nelson is on the northern coast of the South Island, in Tasman Bay, and is a hub for container and dry cargo, including forestry products. It is also a base for offshore oil and gas exploration in the region and has facilities to retrofit commercial ships and superyachts.