Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a newly built harbor tug to Con.Tug in Italy. The vessel, named Gioia Star, will operate in Gioia Tauro, one of the most important transhipment ports in the Mediterranean.
Con.Tug – a joint venture between Scafi and TIL – ordered the new tug from Damen in January. The speed of the delivery has been facilitated by Damen’s practice of building standardized vessels in series and keeping them in stock, ready for order.
Though a standard ASD Tug 2813 model, Con.Tug selected a number of options for its new vessel, including FiFi 1 firefighting capabilities as well oil recovery capability.
The ASD Tug 2813 is one of Damen’s next generation of tugs. Each of the vessels in this series is composed of new innovations and the further evolution of existing technology. According to Damen, the tugs focus on delivering increased safety, sustainability, reliability and efficiency – including cost-efficiency over the lifetime of the vessel.
The 85 tonne bollard pull ASD 2813 features a smart layout with increased power on a very compact vessel, thanks to the significant level of stability provided by the hull, the builder said.
Antonio Marte, Damen area manager, said, “The port of Gioia Tauro is a very important harbor for the Mediterranean region. Thanks to the recent important investment made in the container terminal, large 24,000 TEU containerships can call at this port regularly. With this it’s crucial to have a highly reliable and top performance tug, which ensures safe operations and, at the same time, maximum uptime of the terminals.”
The vessel, like all those in the series, is designed to be ready for IMO Tier III regulations. Compliance with the regulations is achieved with the retrofit of a Damen modular NOX reduction system.
The next generation tugs also have the capability to be digitally connected, enabling remote monitoring, which can lead to preventive maintenance and smarter, more efficient sailing and lower fuel consumption.
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