Damen Shipyards has signed a contract with Tidewater Inc., Houston, for two Damen Stan Tug 2309s. The tugs will be built at Albwardy Damen Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2023.

The 23-meter (75.4') Stan Tug 2309, a compact and versatile harbor and coastal tug, is equipped for towing, mooring and firefighting, with a bollard pull of 40 tonnes and approximately 45 sq. meters of deck space. 

Built in series to a standard design, the use of high quality components is designed to ensure low maintenance, maximum fuel efficiency, lower emissions and maximum uptime, Damen said. For Tidewater and its customer, these two tugs have been fitted with additional firfighting capability plus extra platforms and capstans aft for safe and efficient hose maintenance on deck. No additional specifications were released.

Tidewater has more than 25 Damen vessels in its fleet. The company owns and operates one of the largest fleets of offshore supply vessels in the world and has over 60 years of experience in supporting the offshore oil and gas sector.

“We’re very happy that Tidewater is returning to Damen to build these latest additions to its fleet,” Daan Dijxhoorn, area manager, Damen North America, said in a statement. “We are confident that the Stan Tug 2309s will fulfill their purpose effectively and efficiently.”

“We are very excited to not only be returning to Damen to build the latest and most efficient tugs in the marketplace today, but also to be able to continue to support our longstanding partners and stakeholders by committing to building new vessels to support their ongoing operations,” said Piers Middleton, vice president, sales and marketing, for Tidewater.

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