JUNE 4, 2018 — Recently launched at the Albwardy Damen shipyard in Sharjah, UAE, a new ASD Tug 2913 for Saqr Port will join the RAK Ports tug fleet and operate in the new and impressive deep-water bulk terminal currently nearing completion at the port, where its 80-tonnes of bollard pull will provide additional power for maneuvering Capesize vessels.
The tug was launched in the presence of Capt. Cliff Brand, the Chief Executive Officer of RAK Ports, and Capt. Michael Magee, the Harbor Master of RAK Ports. In his speech, Capt Brand noted the importance for the UAE economy of building “in the UAE for the UAE” and the added value of having the building yard around the corner for support during the life time of the vessel.
Saqr Port is the major bulk-handing port in the Middle East and a vital part of the regional economy. Located at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, it serves the fast-growing quarry industry in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, from where each year 55 million tonnes of bulk materials are exported through the port to countries around the Arabian Gulf.
The ASD Tug 2913 was selected for the new terminal based on its twin attributes of being both compact and powerful. These will allow it to handle the large carriers using the new terminal within the restricted waters of the harbor. The proximity of the Hajar Mountains also brings challenges in the form of powerful winds that can sweep across the port with little or no warning. In addition to its power, the 29 m ASD Tug 2913 also features high freeboard and a raised quarterdeck for safe operations in rough seas.
RAK Ports is a long-standing customer of the Damen Shipyards Group. Its seven-strong fleet is comprised of a Damen ASD Tug 2411, a Damen ASD Tug 2310 and five Damen Stan Tugs.
The ASD Tug 2913 tug for RAK Ports is the first of a series ASD Tugs 2913 under construction at Albwardy Damen. Consistent with the Damen philosophy, another three tugs of this type and a series of 60 and 70 tonne ASD Tugs are being built for stock. The stock construction enables the yard to offer well-proven vessels at very short notice to operators across the region and beyond.