Damen Shows Off Tug Power in New Delivery


The latest Damen vessel transport has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Damen Tugs and one Multi Cat have come from Damen’s yards in Vietnam and were transported on board the SAL Heavy Lift vessel MV Lone.

Consisting of two Stan Tugs 2608, three ASD Tugs 2411, four ASD Tugs 2810, two ASD Tugs 3212 and a Multi Cat 1908, the shipment is a strategic positioning of built-for-stock vessels in Europe.

Choosing to transport multiple vessels on board a heavy lift vessel is not a new strategy for Damen.

The company has brought this into effect on many occasions in the past, and the success of this customer-focused approach lies in the increased efficiency of moving vessels to where the markets need them.

Furthermore, Damen has developed a system of modular vessel cradles that, in combination with integrated lifting points on the tugs, results in safe and efficient loading and unloading of the vessels.


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SAL Heavy Lift has supported Damen with engineered heavy lift transport solutions on numerous occasions.

A notable example of this is last year’s transport of Stan Pontoons and Tugs from Damen yards in China and Vietnam. This shipment of 14 vessels was transported by SAL’s MV Svenja.



Justin Archard, Corporate Director Commercial with SAL Heavy Lift, said: “SAL Heavy Lift has once again proved itself a strong partner to Damen by transporting these twelve vessels with our type-183 vessel MV Lone.

“With a combinable lift capacity of 2,000 tonnes, more than 3,300m² deck space and a hold size of 107.1 x 17 x 13.7 metres, MV Lone is the right ship for the job of transporting these vessels safely and rapidly from Vietnam to the Netherlands.”

Italian maritime service provider Ocean S.r.l. recently welcomed its first Damen tug – a Stan Tug 2608 – into its fleet.

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