Friday, October 26, 2012

[Equipment] Damen's 1st hybrid tug

Damen's 1st hybrid tug

Damen Shipyards has launched its first ever hybrid tug - the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid - and is proud to announce that Iskes Towage & Salvage will be the launching customer.

The signing ceremony took place on October 23, at Offshore Energy in Amsterdam.The pioneering Dutch shipyard group is believed to be the only yard worldwide building hybrid tugs for stock. The second hybrid vessel will be available from stock end-2013.

Depending on the operating profile of a tug, the ASD 2810 Hybrid, which has a combination of diesel-direct and diesel-electric propulsion, facilitates average fuel savings of between 10% and 30% and cuts local emissions by 20 to 60%. The vessel has a bollard pull of 60 tonnes.

Established in 1928, Iskes, which is based in IJmuiden near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has been operating a conventional Damen ASD Tug 2810 since November 2011. Iskes owner and Managing Director Jim Iskes says: “We already had a very good experience with our existing Damen ASD Tug 2810, which is ideally suited to Amsterdam. We are very happy with its performance and so are the crew; it was a logical move to choose Damen for the Hybrid version”.

“Damen welcomed our input and recognises that we know what we are talking about. Many of the things we require are not standard but Damen has worked with us to incorporate them.”

Erik van Schaik, Design & Proposal Engineer, Damen Tugs says: “In the past many green solutions were simply too expensive for the tugboat market. We were very mindful that this vessel had to cut fuel and emissions, but at the same time it had to be positioned at an attractive price for the market. We wanted to make being green commercially attractive too.”

Damen and Iskes, along with industry partners, have been working on environmentally friendly solutions for many years. Joint Managing Director Ronald Vergouwen explains: “Port authorities and many of our customers are looking for a greener way of running their business. Cuts in emissions are very important, particularly in ‘port cities’ such as Amsterdam. And in the future there is likely to be increasing regulation about emissions in ports. The port and city have welcomed our introduction of the Hybrid. It is great to be at the forefront of this green initiative.”

And indeed, he adds, fuel costs are not getting any cheaper, so the company is making considerable fuel savings as well. “The investment in the Hybrid version is higher but not excessively so. The Hybrid represents an extra investment of approximately 10% more than the regular ASD Tug 2810”, stresses Mr Van Schaik.



Published : October 24, 2012


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