PDVSA Orders 10 ASD Tugs from Damen

By Eric Haun
Friday, June 13, 2014
Photo: Damen

Damen to deliver ASD Tugs 2810 to Petroleos de Venezuela SA

Signaling 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 maneuvering support to tankers in Venezuelan ports and harbors.

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 metric ton 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,” said 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 metric tons 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 said. “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.com
 

Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

FVF Chenega Completes Sea Trials with MTU Engines

Over the past several months, FVF Chenega, a high-speed car ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet, was repowered with four new MTU Series 4000 engines.

GE Gas Turbines to Power Turkish Corvettes

GE Marine announced it has signed a contract with Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM), Ankara, Turkey, whereby GE will provide STM with LM2500 gas turbines.

Cosco Corp Profit Down

Cosco Corporation (Singapore) Limited, offshore marine engineering, shipbuilding, ship repair & conversion and dry bulk shipping group, has posted a net profit of SGD4.

Workboats

Steel Cut for Middle East's First LNG Harbor Tug

Drydocks World and Maritime World marked a milestone at the steel cutting ceremony for the Middle East’s first LNG powered harbor tug Elemarateyah. Held in Drydocks

Louisiana International Marine Signs on with Helm CONNECT

Software developer Helm Operations has signed on offshore rig moving and ocean towing services company Louisiana International Marine (LIM) to its Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance software.

Willard Adds Sales Manager for Gulf Coast, Florida

Willard Marine, Inc. has hired Jimmy Sorenson as regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast and Florida.   Sorenson served 11 years with the U.S. Coast Guard in

Ports

Argentine Soyoil Exports Slowed by Strike

Argentina soyoil shipments were slowed on Tuesday by the start of a wage strike by a union representing 20 percent of the country's crushing workers, while the

Portsmouth Pilots Use High Detailed Charts

Portsmouth Pilots are now using bathymetric ENCs in combination with official ENCs on their Portable Pilot Units. For many years Portable Pilot Units (PPUs)

India to Sign Port Deal with Iran

India to build port in Iran to get more trade with CIS and Gulf India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said,

News

Intertek Provides Oil Condition Monitoring for Britannia

Intertek’s Farnborough laboratory is supporting P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia by providing independent oil condition monitoring (OCM) services which monitor

Accident Reported on Offshore Rig off Mexico

An accident on an offshore rig in the southern Gulf of Mexico has injured 10 people, local media reported on Tuesday, but state oil company Pemex had no immediate details on the incident,

Aqueos Adds OSV to Service Line

Aqueos Corporation, a provider of subsea services to the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Coast, has entered into a long term time charter of the OSV Clean Ocean, a California

Vessels

Intertek Provides Oil Condition Monitoring for Britannia

Intertek’s Farnborough laboratory is supporting P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia by providing independent oil condition monitoring (OCM) services which monitor

Aqueos Adds OSV to Service Line

Aqueos Corporation, a provider of subsea services to the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Coast, has entered into a long term time charter of the OSV Clean Ocean, a California

FVF Chenega Completes Sea Trials with MTU Engines

Over the past several months, FVF Chenega, a high-speed car ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet, was repowered with four new MTU Series 4000 engines.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.5205 sec (2 req/sec)