DISCOVER Magazine #7

New designs: continuous improvement and innovation

Published in category: Harbour & Terminal

ASD TUG 2913

With the usual Damen spirit of seeking to continuously improve and innovate, the company is launching a range of new tug designs. Here we highlight some of the next generation tugs.

In February, Damen delivered the first vessel of its new ASD Tug 2913 to well-known German operator Petersen & Alpers.

The Damen ASD Tug 2913 has been developed in light of the ongoing trend that vessels get larger and larger. Operators need extremely powerful ship handling tugs but at the same time, they have to be compact to operate in busy harbours. Coen says: “Compact tugs are what Damen does. We have taken this vessel to the maximum 85 tonnes bollard pull but it is still very compact.”


This vessel is particularly special because she is the first Damen tug with a double hull. With a total power of 5,050 Kw, the new tug is just 29m in length and is perfectly suited as a harbour and coastal tug, for offshore towage and salvage. The new tug has a large 175 cu m fuel tank capacity, as well as 70 cu m for oil recovery and a double drum winch – one for operations and one on standby. Able to reach speeds of 13.5 knots, the tug has quite a large beam of 13m, therefore it is very stable and has GM values above 2m. She has a full, forecastle deck and plenty of spacious accommodation, with each of the six cabins having their own sanitary unit. It also has push/pull capabilities and can be fitted with an aft winch as an option.

“A Damen tug should always be better! We are really appreciated the chance to work with Petersen & Alpers on the first vessel as this company has hundreds of years of experience in the industry. Quality is all about the fine details. This new type represents an enormous effort from a dedicated team. Developing these vessels is truly a top sport.”

A series is currently being built for stock at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania.

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