Argentinian company Cooperativa de Trabajos Portuarios Limitada de San Martín signed a contract for the delivery of two Damen ASD 2810 tugs and one Cutter Section Dredger 500. The two vessels and dredgerare to be used in the Argentinian terminal region around Rosario on the Paraná river for towing, mooring, fire-fighting and dredging operations. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in Q3 2015. Alex Westendarp Knol, Damen Area Manager South-America, represented the Damen Shipyards Group during the official contract signing that was held in San Martín onMay 19th2015.
The ASD tugs, which will be built at Damen Shipyard Galati in Romania, are both classed under Lloyd’s Register, equipped with Fire Fighting1, which deliversa water spray of 2, 400m3/hr. Their basic functions entail towing, mooring and fire-fighting operations. The tugs are 28.67m in length (o.a.) and have a beam (o.a.) of 10.43m and have a bollard pull ahead of approximately60 tonnes. Their maximum speed, both ahead and astern, is around 13 knots. The propulsion system consists of two Caterpillar 3516C TA HD/C main engines with a total power of 3, 730 bkW (5, 000 bhp) at 1, 600 rpm. Thetugs, which are compact and easy to handle, are fitted with two Rolls Royce US 205 azimuth thrusters.
The CSD 500 dredger, which will be built at Damen Dredging Equipment in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, has a dredging depth of -16m and a maximum swing width of 39.6m. Its mixture capacity is 4, 000m3/hour which can be discharged up to 2000m. The diameters of the suction pipe and discharge pipe are 550mm and 500mm respectively. The cutting power of the cutter is 180 kW. The vessel is fitted with a Caterpillar 3512B dredge pump diesel and a Caterpillar C12 TA auxiliary diesel. Dimensions: lengtho.a. (including ladder): 39.00m; beam: 7.95m; draught: 1.00m; air draught (excluding spuds): 6.70m. The basic functions of the dredger will be capital and maintenance dredging. The CSD 500 is a modular design which can be easily disassembled for transportation anywhere in the world. Upon reaching its destination, the CSD 500 can be reassembled with locally sourced small cranes.
Mr Westendarp Knol, comments: “The client had a very clear operational plan. They knew that ourtugboats are last-generation vessels designed for harbour assistance and emergency operations, fitted with first-class fire-fighting equipment. The dredger is able to operate in water depths up to 16m, which is 2m more than the standard versionof this vessel. I am very pleased to say that La Cooperativaopted for Damen. We will do our utmost to assist them in reaching their goals in the region.”
Mr Herme Juarez, President of the Cooperativa De Trabajos Portuarios: “The tugboats will be named “ESTIBADOR I” and “ESTIBADOR II”, after the stevedores(‘estibadores’ in Spanish) who are working hard every day and who embody the culture of the harbour work. The dredger is named “LA PORTUARIA”, (representing ‘a safe haven’) as homage to the wives of all the stevedores. We are very confident in our decision to choose Damen and we do not rule out doing more business with them in the near future.”
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9, 000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 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 values 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 superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.