DISCOVER Magazine #7

Small is beautiful for Australian Navy

Published in category: Harbour & Terminal

The ASD Tug 2009 is the smallest of the ASD range offered by Damen. But its compact design, excellent manoeuvra­bility and 30 tonnes bollard pull make it ideal for those looking for a vessel-handling tool that can operate effectively in harbours with limited space available.

A Damen ASD Tug 2009 was recently delivered to DMS Maritime in Australia, a division of the Serco group and the coun­try’s largest maritime services provider. The company has a fleet marine services con­tract with the Royal Australian Navy, with facilities in every major Australian naval port and operates a fleet of around 75 ves­sels on the Navy’s behalf.

Despite its size the vessel, named Sprightly, is capable of assisting both surface vessels and submarines. For the most part DMS opted for a standard ASD Tug 2009 specification although the fen­dering is grey rather than the traditional black.


Designed for towing, mooring and push-pull operations, Sprightly is equipped with two Caterpillar C32 TTA Acert/C main engines, with a rating of 1940 bKw at 1800 rpm. The vessel has a Rolls Royce US155 azimuthing thruster and is capable of a speed ahead of 11.8 knots. There is accommodation for five persons and an extensive array of naval-class navigation and communications equipment.

DMS Maritime has ordered five tugs from Damen since 2011. As well as the ASD Tug 2009, the company has an ASD Tug 2310 and two ASD Tugs 2411 in service, alongside a Stan Tug 1606.

DMS states: “Serco has been operating the ASD Tug 2009 in the UK since 2010, having taken delivery of the first four of these tugs. These were built to a design tailored to meet the exacting needs of the Royal Navy.

When we decided to order tugs for the Australian Navy we knew this design would perform well in demanding circum­stances handling a range of naval craft so we had no hesitation in specifying this ASD tug type as part of the multi-vessel contract with Damen.”

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