SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 — Bremen, Germany, based port and offshore towage provider URAG (Unterweser Reederei GmbH), has placed an order with Damen Shipyards for two Damen ASD 2411 tugs. This contract follows an order placed in September 2013 for an identical vessel that is under management by Lütgens & Reimers (L&R),Hamburg. L&R is an affiliated company of URAG. Both belong to the Linnhoff Schiffahrt Group.
The L&R vessel, named Prompt, was ready for delivery within three months of the contract being signed and it was positive experience with her that led to the order from URAG.
According to Damen, the ASD 2411 is a modern, state-of-the-art tug with excellent maneuverability and outstanding towing capabilities. At 24.5 m, its size makes it ideal for restricted waterways as well as open water assignments. It has a bollard pull of 70+ tonnes and is built for durability. Extra thick plate is used in the construction, along with extra brackets and fendering. It is designed to be highly economic in terms of both low fuel consumption and operating costs due to its reliability and rugged build.
Damen has delivered ASD Tugs 2411 all over the world.
Like the Prompt, both URAG newbuilds will be built and outfitted according to the customer's requirements at Damen's partner shipyard in Vietnam, before being delivered to Germany in early 2015.