JULY 22, 2016 — After successfully completing sea trials, two Damen ASD Tugs 2810 — Estibador I and Estibador II — are headed from Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania to Puerto General de San Martin, Argentina.
The two tugboats have been ordered by Cooperativa De Trabajos Portuarios Limitada de San Martín for towing, mooring, and firefighting operations in the Argentinian region around Rosario on the Paraná river and are set to arrive by the customer's expected delivery date. They are part of a first time order from Cooperativa that also includes a cutter suction dredger 500 from Damen Dredging Equipment, which is on its way to Argentina by cargo vessel.
Alex Westendarp Knol, Damen Area Manager South-America, explains: "Our short delivery time together with the cooperation of Argentinian authorities, allowed us to meet the requirements for arranging this departure at short notice. This has been a great way to start a long-lasting relationship with Cooperativa. We hope to be able to provide the client with more vessels in the future, either built locally or at our shipyards.'
The two tugboats will enable Cooperativa to expand its current large rescue center will be able to expand its Maritime Division. The ASD 2810 tugboats can perform emergency and fire-extinguishing activities should fire break out at a terminal or on a vessel. The tugs will also be used for vessel maneuvering operations.The 28.67 m long tugs have a beam of 10.43 m and are equipped with state-of the-art FiFi 1 capability.
Fitted with two Rolls Royce US 205 azimuth thrusters, the compact tugs have a maximum bollard pull of 60.2 tonnes and are easy to maneuver at speeds of 13 knots.
The CSD 500 dredge, La Portuaria, will be used for dredging operations in the Argentinian terminal region. It has a modular design which makes it easy to transport almost anywhere. The dredge can be easily prepared for transportation then reassembled on location with small locally-sourced cranes.Used for capital and maintenance dredging, the dredge is able to operate in water depths up to 16 m and has a maximum swing width of 39.6 m.
Damen Services will provide Cooperativa De Trabajos Portuarios with continuing operation and maintenance of the vessels as well as crew familiarization and training.