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Damen Delivers Series Of Tugs

Damen Shipyards of Gorinchem, The Netherlands, recently delivered several new vessels to a variety of owners.

Damen delivered four mooring boats to Kuwait Oil Company — the Haqel Dhareef, Haqel Lulu, Haqel Dura and the Haqel Murjan — all of Damen's Stan Tug type 1605. These vessels were specially constructed for operation in the Arabian Gulf area, and are powered by twin Deutz MWM TBD 234 V8 diesels, each developing 325 kW at 2,100 rpm and providing a 10.5-knot speed and 12.7-ton bollard pull. The vessels are 55.9 ft. (17 m) long, with a beam of 18.4 ft. (5.6 m) and a draft of 5.9 ft. (1.8 m) at aft.

For Eastern Construction Co. Ltd. of Taiwan, Damen delivered two vessels recently: the Eastern 101, and the Eastern 501. The first is a Stan Tug type 1605 with twin Caterpillar 3408B TA/B diesel engines which give the vessel a 9.9-knot speed and a 12.2-ton bollard pull. The Eastern 101 is 55.4 ft. (16.9 m) long, 17.4 ft. (5.3 m) wide, and 8.2 ft. (2.5 m) deep. The vessel is a modern twin-screw workboat.

The second, the Eastern 501, is a multifunctional Multi Cat type 1908. The vessel is 61 ft. (18.6 m) long, with a molded breadth of 25.8 ft. (8.06 m) and molded draft of 5.6 ft. (1.7 m) at the vessel's aft. Twin Caterpillar 3408 TA diesels drive the vessel to a speed of 9.5 knots; the vessel's bollard pull ahead is 11.6 tons. The Multi Cat series of vessels are designed for crane handling, transport of deck cargo, pushing, towing, anchor handling, supply of liquids or general cargo, hose handling, pollution control, salvage and diving support.

Damen also delivered the Hajah, a Stan Tug 2207 model, to its owner in Yemen after the vessel completed a successful trial program. Because the vessel type uses a stock hull, it can easily be constructed in five months. The tug will be employed in Hodeidah Ports, Republic of Yemen, for harbor and docking work, berthing/unberthing of tankers and other large vessels, push-pull operations and escorting from or to clear water. The tug can also be used for firefighting, salvage or pollution control duties. Twin Caterpillar 3512B-DI-TA engines each develop 955 kW at 1,600 rpm, driving the vessel to a free sailing speed of 12.5 knots and a bollard pull of 34.8 tons.

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