Ship manoeuvring in a major German port will be advanced with a new ASD tug
Ship handling in the Port of Hamburg will be enhanced with the arrival of a new harbour tug in June. Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer has purchased a newbuild azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug from Damen Shipyards.
Jan was built for stock at Damen Shipyards Changde in China in 2018 before being transported to the Netherlands. It was built to an ASD Tug 2411 design with 70 tonnes of bollard pull.
Damen is outfitting Jan at its Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam facilities to German flag requirements. This includes equipping this 24-m tug with fire-fighting systems that comply with FiFi1 regulations and installing an oil-fired boiler as part of an upgrade to the vessel’s heating system.
Jan is expected to enter service in June 2019, when it will boost the number of tugs of this class, operated by various suppliers of vessel handling services, in the Port of Hamburg to seven.
Hamburg tugs are used for handling, towing, docking and unberthing ships in this key German port, including the latest ultra-large container ships.
These tugs are also available for emergency response in the Elbe estuary, assisting stranded ships and serving in other German ports when required.