Damen’s ASD Tug 1810 – 59.8'x33'6" – is the next piece in the puzzle as Damen sets out to answer the needs of the modern port operation, according to a statement released by company officials.

Damen has placed great emphasis on safety in the development of the ASD Tug 1810. The vessel is able to draw on technology already proven on board the other vessels in the Compact Tugs range.

“With it being a priority for us, you see safety return time and again throughout the entire design of the tug,” Siebe Cieraad, Damen’s product portfolio manager, said in the statement announcing the new tug design. “For example, the vessel boasts a high freeboard, keeping water on deck to a minimum. It also has the tumblehome so characteristic of the Compact Tugs range, enabling it to get safely up close when assisting a vessel.”

The operation is further aided by the application of ergonomically designed consoles and a 360° view from the wheelhouse, enabling operators to see what’s happening both fore and aft. The operators further benefit from the use of Damen safety glass; in the event of a towing line snapping, this shatterproof glazing ensures that observers on the bridge are protected.

The ASD Tug 1810 features clutter free decks. As Siebe points out, during an operation, crew need to be focused on what is going on around them and not be distracted by potential tripping hazards on deck. “To help the crew maintain their focus during their work, and to help the captain gain a clear view on what’s taking place, we’ve tried to keep the decks as clear as possible and keep the potential of tripping to an absolute minimum,” he said.

Most of the items conventionally found on deck have been incorporated into the deckhouse and bulwark. This includes the Damen Marine Components winch, which has an important role to play in the vessel's efficient performance. The winch is installed in the deckhouse so that towing operations both fore and aft can be undertaken with a single winch. “In addition to protecting the crew, this also helps protect the equipment,” said Siebe. “With the winch placed in this location it is afforded shelter from the elements, minimizing the needs for maintenance.”

The same applies to the tug’s closed loop cooling system. In this, fresh water runs in a series of channels on the underside, radiating heat away from the vessel.

The new tug design also features the patented Damen Twin Fin skeg. Originally installed on the RSD Tug 2513, the skeg has now become a feature on all Damen's Compact Tugs. It has demonstrated its ability to boost course keeping, maneuverability and predictable sailing behavior during operations.

Where the Compact Tugs portfolio really excels is its ability to answer the challenge of increasingly large seagoing vessels in ports. This creates a seemingly paradoxical situation whereby a tug is required to have more power, and yet has less space to operate in.

With 30 metric tons of bollard pull ahead and 28 metric tons bollard pull astern, and at just over 59' in length, the ASD Tug 1810 is set to meet this challenge head on.

Damen is tackling this by combining the proven credentials of its vessels with innovation. Take, for example, the electric power generation system installed on the vessels in the Compact Tugs range. Rather than the typical arrangement featuring two diesel generator sets, the system includes two shaft generators, one fitted to each power train, and a back-up diesel generator. This diesel generator can also be used when the vessel is alongside a quay where there is no shore connection available.

“The system draws on power from the main engines to create electricity. With this, there is no requirement for a third diesel engine to provide electrical power when the vessel is sailing,” Cieraad said.

This is designed to provide a number of benefits. For one thing, it results in a reduction in fuel consumption and, therefore, emissions, improving the vessel’s sustainability performance. It also reduces the amount of maintenance that typically has to be carried out on a conventional generator. This configuration enables Damen to produce a more compact design.

Damen has designed the ASD Tug 1810 to produce minimal noise and vibration. The four-person accommodation, for example, is well insulated and finished with modern, durable linings, while the wheelhouse features a floating floor and acoustical ceiling.

In addition to improving on board comfort for crew, Damen has aimed to develop a tug that offers minimal disruption to the environment. IMO Tier III compliance results from the installation of a Damen Emission Reduction System. This modular optional feature is an in-house developed exhaust gas aftertreatment solution that reduces the NOX emissions from the vessel. Fitted in the existing exhaust silencers, the system can be retrofitted to the vessel at any time.

Damen is also developing zero emission or carbon neutral versions of its compact ASD Tugs.


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