In November, 2016 an ASD Tug 2913, a Stan Tug 1606 and a Stan Launch 1305 from Damen are to arrive at the Port of Liverno, Italy for the Fratelli Neri S.p.A. subsidiary company Labromare, which is 50% owned by Tripmare S.p.A.
This will bring the total number of Damen vessels bought in the last year by Fratelli Neri to six.
In January there was a delivery of an ASD Tug 3212, which was the first in the Mediterranean to be fitted with a render recovery winch.
The ASD 2913 has 80 tonnes of bollard pull, which will give it all the power it will need for operations in the busy Port of Livorno on Italy’s Tuscany coast.
The Stan Tug 1606 has been ordered for operations on the coastal and inland waters around Livorno but will be brought up to Italian flag standard with modifications, including fire-fighting apparatus and an aft towing winch.
Stan Launch 1305 will be used by Labromare S.r.l. Livorno to deliver a range of environmental services in Italy and will be fitted with a bow thruster and an aft towing hook.
Andrea Trevisan, Sales Manager in North, West and South Europe for Damen, said: “We are honoured to be serving Fratelli Neri again, and so quickly. It is always a pleasure to work with another successful and prestigious Italian family business with values very similar to our own.
“Damen’s policy of building for stock has enabled a vessel operator to obtain customised, high-quality vessels in substantially shorter time frames than is possible when building to order.
“These three vessels also represent a cross section of the various capabilities that that [sic] the group can provide its clients, and we are confident that each will give many years of efficient service.”
Piero NERI, Owner of Fratelli Neri, said: “We are delighted to have again chosen Damen for their ability and readiness to respond to our demand for tugs that can be deployed across a range of different operations.
“We have recently experienced excellent cooperation with Damen, from the earliest discussions right up to the delivery of the vessels, with the personnel on both sides working together as a team.
“This way of working is a reflection of our shared values and reliability that lead to technical solutions lasting long into the future.”
Fact File: Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.