Concordia Damen has won a contract from Paraguay’s Girona S.A. - Rio Sur Transporte y Logistica for a CDS4115 shallow draught River Pusher tug. The family-owned company will deploy the 5,400hp vessel on services for customers on the 2,695km-long Paraguay – Parana River system.
The 41m-long vessel, powered by three Yanmar 6EY22AW engines generating total power of 3,990kW, will be deployed mostly in dry bulk shipments on the rivers. Its design has been developed from earlier shallow draught units designed by Damen and will allow year-round operation even when water depths are low.
Concordia Damen’s technical manager, Bert Duijzer, said: “We are very pleased with the trust that Girona – Rio Sur and the Dos Santos family have given us. Our technology, technological reliability, short delivery times, and service-oriented mentality, were key in obtaining this contract.
“With the Dos Santos family and several of its subsidiaries, we already maintained good relations for a number of years and always have been transparent in supplying any information they asked for and information we felt they needed. When it came to negotiating and contract signing, this mutual trust was reflected in the process.”
When the tug has been completed at Concordia Damen’s Werkendam yard, Girona’s superintendents will attend sea trials in the Netherlands prior to delivery.