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PDVSA orders ten ASD tugs with Damen Shipyards Group

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_COS8142aDamen to deliver ASD Tugs 2810 to Petroleos de Venezuela SA

Signalling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage.The new tugs, which are expected to enhance operating efficiencies while reduce running costs, will provide mooring and manoeuvring support to tankers in Venezuelan ports and harbours.

Following a global tender, the contract calls for Dutch shipbuilding group Damen to supply ten ASD 2810 type Azimuthing Stern Drive tugs, each with a 60 tonne bollard pull rating. Seven of these 28m long tugs are being supplied by Damen Shipyards Galati(Romania), while the remaining three are being built at Damen’s joint venture Song Cam yard in Vietnam. All ten tugs are expected to be delivered by the end of July this year.

The Venezuelan oil company has several years of experience operating chartered-in tonnage to the ASD 2810 design. However, this is the first time that Damen has secured a direct contract from PDVSA.

“There are two main reasons why PDVSA opted for the Damen design, ” says Erik Hertel, Damen regional sales manager. “Technically the ASD 2810’s flexibility and high-end performance makes a perfect match for PDVSA requirements; this is our most popular standard tug and has a proven track record for reliability. In addition we were able to provide a very short delivery time as a result of our policy of building tugs for stock.”

The 10 tugs have each been specified with a number of optional extras, including FiFi 1 capability, an aft towing winch and a larger than usual deck crane. The latter will have a lift capacity of 1.45 tonnes and 12.6m outreach.

Hertel suggest that while this is the first direct Damen contract with PDVSA, it may not be the last. “We are talking to PDVSA about further orders to meet their various requirements as a result of the ongoing tug renewal project, ” he says. “We developed a close cooperation with them as part of this project and we hope very much to build a long term partnership over the months to come.”

In addition to tug newbuilding contracts, the shipbuilder and PDVSA are in active discussions over the possibility of Damen setting up service and maintenance facilities to support the operations of its new fleet of tugs in Venezuela.

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 approx. 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. To complete, 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 & conversion yards worldwide, with dry docks ranging up to 420×80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C handles 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.


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Maria Dixon June 13, 2014 - 9:17 PM

Can someone explain to me if venezueka has no currency to pay the airlines for the airtickets of the venezuelans travellers, and there are quite a number of airlines that have stopped flying to venezuels, because if lack of payment by the governmebt.

if they owe so much money to the colon free zone, if the country is in need of food, imports, even toilet paper, and venezuela gives away oil to Cuba, Nicaragua,Ecuador, etc…. How those tugs are going to be paid? With which money? Mortgages? Due diligence, etc, etc… Either i am raading the wrong papers showing thousand if venezuelans on the street protesting, even yesterday there was on uk tv acprogramme with mr ross Telling that caracas is the most violent and dabgerous citynin the eorld. People get kill for a mobile phone…..the oposition leader Leopoldo has been in prison since February. An order 10 ships..probably to give them away ….. It is commendable to renew a fleet that they let it go, but i am wondering on how it is going to be paid ?

Maria Dixon June 14, 2014 - 8:12 PM

According to webpage maduradas.com, there is a luxurious wedding taken place this weekend on the Ritz Carlton in aruba reported on the aruba’s newspaper
..they are .linking the wedding to the daughter of pdvsa president, and speculating on the cost running into millions , casuality I read this today and yesterday we read the purchase of 6 new pdvsa tugs, not fm china or japan or peru but from Netherlands… Hummm Aruba… The netherlands Antilles … Small world…

Maria Dixon June 14, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Actually apologies, there 10 tugs, not 6 …my mistake.


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