ASD 2411 joins German towage company in its 150th year of operations
Bugsier, the German towage and maritime service provider, has boosted its already extensive fleet with the addition of a Damen ASD 2411 tug. The tug represents the first purchase of a Damen vessel for Bugsier.
Bugsier holds an established position in the German maritime sector: the company is celebrating its 150-year anniversary this year. This operational knowledge brought mutual benefits to the vessel construction process. “Damen is experienced in building tugs, and we are very experienced in operating them, ” comments Bugsier Business Development Manager Sven Schrӧder. “Therefore, we know what we want and we have ideas on how to improve things.”
The Bugsier 22 was built at Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSSh) in the United Arab Emirates. DSSh is one of the newest additions to Damen’s worldwide network of shipyards and boasts the highest standards of modern ship construction and repair. The yard recently won the ‘Best New Build Yard’ award at the International Maritime Awards, held at the Shiptek 2016 conference.
“We worked closely with Damen’s Sharjah yard in the construction of this vessel – our technical department closely monitored the entire construction process with good communication with the management team and also the site management.”
Mr Schrӧder concludes by pointing out the advantages of working with Damen: “Short lead times, relatively short delivery times and good value for money – we are extremely pleased with the result.”
The power-to-length ratio of the Damen ASD 2411 is worth a special mention: this 24-metre long vessel provides a bollard pull of 70 tonnes. The practical advantages of this compact power can be seen when the tug is at work in a busy harbour situation such as the Port of Hamburg.
“We are very proud to sell our first tug to Bugsier in this very significant celebratory year for them, ” says Damen Sales Director North, West & South Europe Frank de Lange. “We look forward to continuing this business relationship well into the future.”
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9, 000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 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 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.