DISCOVER Magazine #7

New RSD 2513 tugs take shape

Published in category: Harbour & Terminal

The first vessels of Damen’s innovative Reversed Stern Drive (RSD) 2513 tug class are currently taking shape at Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania.

Drawing on Damen’s Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) tug design, the RSD 2513 has an all-new underwater hull form with the latest in skeg and fin design, giving them unparalleled manoeuvrability and superb towage performance both ahead and astern. With 70 tonnes of bollard pull they will be able to handle the largest ships.

Three vessels are currently under construction for stock, all using a new modular build process that aims to reduce the total build time by up to 20%. The three main sections are built simultaneously before being joined together and the accommodation and wheelhouse inserted. Other modules can be added thereafter and all the various connections made before proceeding to commissioning. The use of just-in-time supply chain and prefabrication delivers further time and cost efficiencies.

As the very latest in tug design the RSD 2513 features all the latest enhancements and innovations derived from Damen’s unrivalled experience, continuous R&D programme and market feedback. The general fit-out also uses the most advanced equipment to ensure maximum efficiency and economy, and minimal downtime. The towage industry will get the opportunity to see these vessels this autumn, when commissioning and sea trials take place. Strong interest in the concept has already been received and Damen looks forward to demonstrating the finished product to prospective buyers looking for the ultimate in harbour towage.

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