MAY 12, 2016 — Ian Taylor Peru has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for delivery of an ASD Tug 28100 for harbor duties in the Port of Callao. The two companies are currently concluding negotiations for an order for a second identical vessel.
The tug will be Damen's first to be supplied to Peru.
Ian Taylor Peru, the Peruvian subsidiary of the Chilean group of companies Empresas Taylor, has been active in Peru's towing sector since 1991 and currently has four tugs in operation.Looking to expand the fleet within a short time scale, the company turned to Damen.
"We wanted the vessel this year and fortunately Damen had one which could be ready in June," says Empresas Taylor Chief Legal Officer Jack Howard.
Damen is currently performing the finishing touches to the new 28 m tug at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. The outfitting includes modification of the FiFi equipment to bring the capacity up to 600 cu.m per minute and the addition of a preventative maintenance system. Damen is also installing an MTU engine in the tug. This was another an important factor in winning the contract.
"Almost all of our tugs in Peru have MTU engines," says Mr. Howard. "Considering inventory and maintenance, it is easier for us to stick with this brand."
"We now have tugs on stock with either Caterpillar or MTU engines," says Damen Sales Manager Americas Ezequiel Najmias. " We are pleased to be able to offer our clients this choice of engine supplier."
Although Ian Taylor Peru is a first-time Damen customer, it has decided not to carry out inspections during the construction period, being satisfied with visiting the yard in Vietnam at the time of sea trials in June.
"We are dealing with a first class and highly reputable company whose vessel is a proven product," says Mr. Howard. "Simply put – we know that Damen builds excellent vessels so we trust them and we trust that we will get what we asked for."
The contract includes transport of the completed vessel from the yard in Vietnam to the Port of Callao, Peru's primary seaport.