DISCOVER Magazine #7

Meyer Group orders two Damen ASD 2913 Tugs for Panama Canal operations

Published in category: Harbour & Terminal

During last year’s Panama Maritime XIII World Conference, Meyer Group of Companies was granted a contract to offer towage support on the expanded Panama Canal, resulting in their current order of two ASD 2913 Tugs.

The Arcangel San Rafael and Arcangel San Gabriel will give the company an 11-strong fleet. Six of these are Damen vessels.

Michel Mittelmeyer, Chief Executive Officer of the Meyer’s Group, said: “There has been a substantial pickup in activity following the canal expansion. Feeder vessels are being replaced with mega containerships and tankers, as the new Panama Canal lane allows heavier traffic to pass. Hence the need for stronger, versatile tugs. This is why we chose the Damen ASD 2913 Tug and remained loyal to Damen. It has 80 tonnes bollard pull, superb maneuverability, is very responsive, safe and comfortable for the crew.”

Thrilled with the returning client, Pieter Becker – Sales Manager Americas adds:

The Meyer’s Group is a very loyal customer and it is a good sign that they have come back to us again. Damen very much enjoys collaborating with the Meyer’s Group and supporting them in their success.

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