Dutch towage, salvage and service provider Multraship has named two new Damen-built tugs at its home port of Terneuzen in the Netherlands. A Reversed Stern Drive (RSD) 2513 and an Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) 3212 were named Multratug 6 and Multratug 29, respectively, during the Terneuzen Harbour Days, a three-day maritime festival.
The Multratug 6, said to be the first IMO Tier III-compliant vessel of its kind in Europe, is a new vessel type for the company and was chosen partly for its reduced emission performance and partly for its low noise and vibration. Leendert Muller, Multraship’s managing director, noted increasing demand from port authorities for clean operations.
The Multratug 29, on the other hand, is a vessel type well known to Multraship’s personnel who already have experience with five ASD 3212 tugs. Although the vessels are primarily harbour tugs, Muller said that they also demonstrate good seakeeping characteristics in rough conditions offshore.
“Our crews are extremely happy to have this new ASD 3212 in the fleet,” he said. “And this vessel in particular, with an open stern, stern roller and additional equipment, is a real multipurpose tug.”