Abu Dhabi Ports orders two Damen ASD 2411 Tugs for Safeen
Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Abu Dhabi Ports and its subsidiary Abu Dhabi Marine Services (Safeen) for the supply of two new Damen ASD Tugs 2411.
Abu Dhabi Ports operates 11 ports and manages more than 55,000 vessel calls each year. The ASD Tugs 2411 will bring additional vessel handling capabilities to the group with their excellent pulling power of 70 tonnes, and proven reliability and manoeuvrability.
The two tugs will join the twelve harbour tugs already in service with Safeen, the fleet operating subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports responsible for pilotage, mooring, vessel handing and towage at Abu Dhabi Ports.
In particular, they will be supporting vessel movements at Khalifa Port’s two container terminals managed by ADT/MSC and COSCO Shipping Port Limited (CSPL) as well as EGA’s berth for Bauxite shipped to its smelter in Al Taweelah.
The three-month delivery timetable is possible due to Damen’s policy of building its most popular vessels for stock. The ASD Tugs 2411 are currently being finished to the requirements of Abu Dhabi Ports/Safeen at Albwardy Damen, in the UAE, before sailing for Khalifa Port.
The ASD Tugs 2411 will join three other Damen vessels already in the Safeen fleet; a Stan Tug 1907 delivered earlier this year and the Shoalbuster 2609 Al Maqtaa, delivered in 2016. The Al Shahama, a Damen Buoy Maintenance Vessel built in 1994 in Abu Dhabi under Damen Technical Cooperation programme, is also an active member of the Safeen fleet.
Local warranty and after-sales support will continue to be supplied by Albwardy Damen from its facilities in the United Arab Emirates.
“We’re very pleased that Abu Dhabi Ports has opted for our proven ASD Tug 2411 to support the Abu Dhabi Ports container terminals,” said regional sales director for Damen Shipyards Group, Pascal Slingersland.
“We are confident that they will be able to handle port operations for all kinds and sizes of vessels safely and effectively, including the world’s largest 400-meter container vessels with 20,000 TEUs capacity,” he added.
“The average size of a vessel has grown by 65 percent due to economies of scale and we recognise the importance of equipping our ports with the right equipment and logistics to adapt to these changing demands,” said Captain Adil Ahmed Banihammad, the acting chief marine services officer at Safeen.