Leading Mexican maritime operator, Grupo TMM, has signed a Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance with Damen Shipyards Group for a 70 tonne bollard pull ASD Tug 3212 named TMM COLIMA. The tug will operate in the Mexican port of Manzanillo on the Pacific Coast. Ongoing port modifications and changes in port authority requirements were the driving force behind the deal.
Founded in 1958, Grupo TMM has become one of the largest integrated logistics and transportation companies in Mexico. The group provides a dynamic combination of specialized maritime services, port and terminal management and integrated logistics services to an extensive Mexican and international client base.
The ASD Tug 3212 will join Grupo TMM’s first Damen Tug, purchased in the 1990s, and will become part of a fleet of 42 vessels. The tug will operate in and around the port of Manzanillo, where the organization is expanding its operations. In order to continue improving the good services already offered by Grupo TMM and to exceed the demand of their clients, the need for additional efficient vessels with the power to handle larger ships has been brought to the port. With 70 tonne of maximum static bollard pull and strong maneuverability features, the ASD Tug 3212 will bring enhanced capability to TMM’s fleet. The tug is expected to arrive in Manzanillo by the end of this year.
In addition to the performance and features of the ASD Tug 3212, another factor influencing the deal was Damen’s ability to guarantee a fast turnaround and punctual delivery. Luis Ocejo, Senior Managing Director, commented: “In addition to the ASD Tug 3212 being what we were looking for technically, we also returned to Damen due to our confidence in their systems and scheduling capabilities. The fact that this specific vessel is built in series, allows us to access a proven platform in record speed”.
Financed through Damen Customer Finance, the new vessel is currently on her way from Damen’s Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam to Mexico on her own keel.
Damen Shipyards acknowledges: “It is a pleasure to continue to serve Grupo TMM and we wish them all the best with their new vessel. We are confident it will complement their expansion and modernization plans and serve them 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 16 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.