DISCOVER Magazine #7

Four Damen tractor tugs for Svitzer

Published in category: Markets

Looking to continue its ongoing fleet renewal programme, global towage operator Svitzer purchased four ATD 2412 tugs. The contract continues the well established relationship between the two companies. The Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) is a compact, heavy duty tug that boasts a bollard pull of over 65 tonnes. A top speed of 12 knots and a powerful aft winch, combined with Damen’s experience with tug design, make these vessels suitable for consistent and effective harbour towage activities.

Svitzer took delivery of the first two vessels – Svitzer Maimon and Svitzer Beata – in mid-April. The second pair will be handed over in August 2016. All four tugs have been/are being built at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. For Damen Svitzer Account Manager Chiel de Leeuw, this multiple vessel contract is a good indication of the two parties’ future cooperation: “As Svitzer’s single point of contact within Damen, I am looking forward to continuing this successful and enjoyable relationship.”

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