Damen Strikes Italian Tug Deal

 05 Feb 2016     Cargo Volumes and Throughput, Container Handling, Global Economy/Trade, Going Places, Port Governance, Port Planning, Ports

Carbon wheel manufacturer Corima, part of the Gesmar Group, has received a new Damen ASD 2810 tug in the Port of Ancona, which handles a significant number of containers and dry bulk cargo. 

The 28.67-metre tug, called Musone, provides support services for two oil terminals and one Safe Point Mooring buoy (SPM) for large tankers.

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Damen’s ASD 2810 is suited for harbour-based duties, as well as operations in open water. The vessel’s twin caterpillar engines deliver 1,865 kW resulting in a 60-tonne bollard pull.

Riccardo Vitiello, President of Corima and Managing Director of Gesmar Group, said: “This fleet renewal was required because the new port entrance makes it more difficult to manoeuvre there.”

“Musone will replace one of our twin screw tugs, giving the fleet more flexibility and power.

“I think that the best towing configuration is to have a Tractor tug at the bow of the vessel and an ASD at the stern of the vessel. This way both tugs work heading forward.

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“The feedback I have received from our tug masters has been very positive. They have many years’ experience on a Damen 3110 so they have good criteria when comparing these tugs.

"They have found the Musone much faster and more responsive during manoeuvring.”

Andrea Trevisn, Regional Sales Manager at Damen, said: “I would like to thank our client for their cooperation throughout this project.”

Trevisn concludes: “The feeling of respect and esteem that Damen and Corima has for each other is reciprocal. This delivery will build on the foundations of our firm business relationship.”