De Telegraaf, the largest newspaper in the Netherlands, placed Damen Shipyards with other winners, Moonen Packaging and Conscious Hotels among the top 3 greenest companies in the Netherlands.
The jury honoured Damen’s first hybrid tug with the term “Dutch pride”. After the event, De Telegraaf’s port specialist Mr Theo Jongedijk visited the Tugboat department at Damen’s HQ in Gorinchem; there, he handed the prize, a ‘Green T’, over to Mr Coen Boudesteijn, Product Director Tugs.
The ASD 2810 hybrid tugboat has a diesel-direct, a diesel-electric and a battery-powered propulsion system. The captain can choose which type of propulsion is best suitable for the situation at hand, resulting in 10-30% less fuel consumption and 20-60% lower emissions, depending on how the vessel is used.
The battery system makes it possible to turn off all the engines while continuing to maintain position, manoeuvring and sailing without a tow.
Given that tugs spend about 80% of their time waiting for and sailing to a towing job, these features can lead to substantial savings.
In addition, the set of solar panels is used for (emergency) power of 24V consumers (lighting, radio etc.) and the engine starting sytem.