Italian tug operator takes deliveries of two more from Damen

Damen ASD tug 2411 Columbia Damen ASD tug 2411 Columbia

JUNE 23, 2017 — Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has taken delivery of two new Damen tugs: Danimarca, an ASD 2913, and Columbia, an ASD 2411.

Danimarca was delivered in Genoa on June 14, joining the ASD 2913 Germania delivered at the beginning of the year. Like her sister vessel, the Danimarca has also been installed with FiFi 1 and an aft winch, in addition to oil recovery and escort capabilities.

This extra equipment, combined with a bollard pull of 80 tonnes, means that Rimorchiatori Riuniti will be able to use the tugs for offshore tasks as well as harbor assistance duties.

Delivery of the Danimarca followed that of Columbia, handed over to Rimorchiatori Riuniti at the end of May.

Columbia has joined sister vessel Malta in performing harbor towage duties in the port of Genoa. At 24 metres long and 11 metres wide, these tugs are compact enough to allow deployment in small port situations. Yet, in terms of performance, no compromises need to be made since the ASD 2411 still yields a 70-tonne bollard pull capacity.

"We are very proud that Italy's largest tug owner has called on Damen to contribute to their continued fleet expansion," says Damen Regional Sales Manager Andrea Trevisan. "And, with both these contracts only finalized a few months previously, we are pleased to say that we have once again completed these contracts swiftly.

"Our philosophy of standardized construction means that our clients are afforded consistent quality, irrespective of which of our yards we build their vessel."

The four recent Rimorchiatori Riuniti deliveriess demonstrate this point. While the Germania and Danimarca were both built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, the Columbia was built at Albwardy Damen (the UAE-based joint venture of Albwardy Marine Engineering and Damen Shipyards Sharjah) and the Malta at Song Thu Shipyard in Danang, Vietnam.

Damen ASD 2913 Danimarca

Damen ASD Tug 2913 Danimarca lowres 

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