DISCOVER Magazine #6

Damen delivers its first ever Hybrid tug at ITS 2014

Published in category: Harbour & Terminal
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Average fuel savings of up to 30%

Damen will deliver its first ever hybrid tug – the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid – to the launching customer Iskes Towage & Salvage at ITS 2014 in Hamburg.

This first order has already been followed by five more. The Defence Material Organisation of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has opted for three Damen-designed ASD Tugs 2810 Hybrid in response to current and future developments in emissions reduction and environmentally friendly shipping.

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Additionally, two Robert Allan designed Rotor®tugs ART 80-32 Hybrid for KOTUG, with a Hybrid Propulsion System designed and supplied by Aspin, Kemp & Associates Ltd. have been ordered.

Damen is pioneering in this field and unique in the shipbuilding world as it is the only shipyard building hybrid tugs for stock.

Depending on the operating profile of a customer’s tug, the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid, which has a combination of diesel-direct and diesel-electric propulsion, or purely electric with battery options, facilitates average fuel savings of up to 30% and cuts local emissions by up to 40%. The tug has a bollard pull of 60 tonnes.

Iskes, the launching customer, was established in 1928 and is based in IJmuiden near Amsterdam. The company has been operating a conventional Damen ASD Tug 2810 since November 2011.

Iskes owner and Managing Director Jim Iskes says: “We already had a very good experience with our existing Damen ASD Tug 2810, which is ideally suited to Amsterdam. We are very happy with its performance and so is the crew; it was a logical move to choose Damen for the hybrid version.

“Damen welcomed our input and recognises that we know what we are talking about. Many of the things we require are not standard but Damen has worked with us to incorporate them.”

Erik van Schaik, Design & Proposal Engineer, Damen Tugs says: “In the past many green solutions were simply too expensive for the tugboat market. We were very mindful that this vessel had to cut fuel and emissions, but at the same time it had to be positioned at an attractive price for the market. We wanted to make being green commercially attractive too.”

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