Urag places order for two ASD tugs

URAG, the leading German port and offshore towage provider based in Bremerhaven, has placed an order for two Damen ASD 2411 tugs. The contract was signed at the SMM exhibition in Hamburg. This contract follows an order placed in September 2013 for an identical vessel which is under management by Lütgens & Reimers (L&R) in Hamburg. L&R is an affiliated company of URAG, both being part of the LINNHOFF Schiffahrt Group.

The initial vessel, named Prompt, was ready for delivery within three months of the contract being signed and it was the positive experience with her that lead to the order from URAG.

Highly manoeuvrable in restricted waters
According to Damen, the ASD 2411 is a modern, state-of-the-art tug with excellent manoeuvrability and outstanding towing capabilities. At 24.5 metres its size makes it ideal for restricted waterways as well as open water assignments. It has a bollard pull of 70+ tonnes and is built for durability, with a proven design and the highest standards of quality. Extra thick plate is used in the construction, along with extra brackets and fendering. It is designed to be highly economic in terms of both low fuel consumption and operating costs due to its reliability and rugged build.

Damen has delivered ASD Tugs 2411 all over the world. Both newbuilds, like the Prompt, will be built and outfitted according to the customer’s requirements at Damen’s partner yard in Vietnam, before being delivered to Germany in early 2015.

URAG has been in business for over 120 years and currently operates a fleet of 17 harbour and offshore tugs. Damen is delighted to be working with these two, highly experienced towage and salvage companies and is confident that these latest additions to their fleets will give long and productive service.

Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 ship- and repair yards, employing 8,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approximately 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology. Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high-speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and super yachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, such as maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Finally, Damen offers a variety of marine components, especially nozzles, (flap-type) rudders, steering gear, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion offers a network of 16 repair and conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to meet today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

By Professional Mariner Staff