FEBRUARY 27, 2015 — Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist Multraship recently took delivery of a Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tug built at Damen Shipyards Galaţi, in Romania, as part of a fleet expansion program that includes a number of orders for Damen vessels.
The ASD 2810 Hybrid, with an expected bollard pull of 61 tonnes, is a new design and the vessel just delivered to Multraship is the second of its class to be built.
"This hybrid tug is a unique concept," says Dinu Berariu, Project Manager at Damen Shipyards Galaţi. "It features a diesel-direct, diesel-electric and battery powered propulsion system. This hybrid configuration will enable Multraship to lower fuel costs by up to 30 percent and emissions by up to 60 percent."
After on-time and on-budget completion, the vessel, named Multratug 28, sailed under her own keel to the Netherlands from Galaţi.
Headquartered in the harbor city of Terneuzen, Multraship operates in the ports around the Scheldt estuary, in Zeeland seaports and the Belgian ports of Ghent and Antwerp, as well as the Bulgarian port of Burgas on the Black Sea.
Multraship's fleet expansion program stems from its increasing customer base in the offshore sectors as well as growing demand for harbor towage services.
In addition to the ASD 2810 Hybrid, which is a good fit for both these areas of operation, the company has ordered two Damen ASD 3212 vessels, that are currently being built at Damen Song Cam shipyard in Vietnam and will be delivered before the end of the second quarter of this year.