Twin ASD Tugs 2411 meet Centreport requirements
Located in Wellington, CentrePort is one of New Zealand’s key intermodal transport hubs, linking road and rail to shipping services connecting to domestic and international ports. Last year the company took delivery of Tapuhi, a brand new 68 tonnes bollard pull Damen ASD Tug 2411, the second of this type to be acquired by the port operator in the past five years.
Tapuhi was built at Damen Shipyards Changde and is now operating successfully alongside her sister, Tiaki, which was delivered by Damen in 2008.
Steve Harris, CentrePort, General Manager Port Operations, says: “Our relationship with Damen started during our investigation into replacement tugs, a need which was identified during a towage risk assessment. We were looking for tugs with an appropriate bollard pull to match towage demand, and to partner with a builder able to provide design and build quality and reliability and offer a high degree of after sales service.”
The company was also seeking proven tugs of modern design, with low overall lifetime ownership costs, reliability, fuel economy and environmental features. CentrePort furthermore put a high priority on having access to on-going support consistent with a long term asset purchase of around 30 years.
“Damen was proven in all of these areas and has been able to fulfil all our requirements,” says Mr Harris. “Both Tiaki and Tapuhi were delivered ahead of schedule and on budget and there have been very few warranty matters to be addressed since delivery.”
Damen provided turnkey project design and management solutions, so that CentrePort staff had to make few visits to the yards during each 15 month build project.
“We greatly benefited, however, from the interest we took in the building of both Tiaki and Tapuhi as we developed close relationships which ensured we had confidence in the vessels, while minor changes to meet our specific needs could be handled without question,” notes Charles Smith, CentrePort’s Marine Manager.
Overall, CentrePort says its experience in dealing with Damen has been ‘very positive’ and its level of satisfaction with the ASD Tugs 2411 is ‘very high’. “During our information gathering, selection, purchasing, build and ownership stages, we have built up enduring relationships with Damen,” concludes Mr Smith. Their sales effort was informative and appropriate in helping us make a decision which met our long term towage requirements.”