Vessels to provide towage services for escorting LNG-vessels


ARC Towage signed four contracts at the Netherlands shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group.

The new building contracts with ARC Towage are the result of a special joint venture established to provide the gas terminal berthing services for a significant energy industry player in Trinidad and Tobago. The first Damen ASD Tug 2810 has now left for Trinidad, while the second vessel will leave in two weeks.

The last two tugs will arrive mid-December this year. The tugs are being built at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania, and will be delivered by Damen Services in Trinidad and Tobago before 1 January 2015. The vessels will provide towage services for escorting, berthing and un-berthing LNG-vessels.

The ASD Tugs 2810 have a minimal bollard pull of 60 tons and a maximum speed of 12.9 knots. For operation in and around the LNG terminal, the vessels are equipped with rig savers on all engines which are remote shut off valves, remote-closing air intakes, gas detection systems and exterior explosion-proof lighting.

Source and Image Credit: Damen