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De Boer Remorquage SARL orders two custom tugs

New Vessels // February 22, 2017

Dutch Dredging's new tugs will be capable of dredging work.

Baggerbedrijf De Boer (Dutch Dredging BV) has ordered two special-purpose tugs from Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands. The tugs were ordered through the company's subsidiairy De Boer Remorquage SARL.

The tugs are being built for a 10-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guyana. Their primary functions will be assisting vessels entering and leaving port, and rendering help in the event of emergencies including fire-fighting. An important secondary role for both vessels will be assisting with maintenance dredging operations in both ports.

The larger of the two, the WID 2915, will be configured for a variety of roles including dredging using the Air and Water Injection Dredging (AIRSET) method. The smaller ASD 2310 SD (Shallow Draught) tug will be fitted out to operate the equipment needed for bed-levelling, and will also carry out surveying activities. As these two tugs will be the only support vessels available to either port they can also be used for the transportation of equipment and cargo, up to container-sized loads.

Joining Dutch Dredging in the project is the IJmuiden-based Iskes Towage & Salvage, which will be Dutch Dredging’s co-owner in the French subsidiary company De Boer Remorquage SARL, which is the legal entity that ordered the vessels. It will also operate the tugs and will aim to employ and train a number of local staff and crew in the skills required to man and maintain workboats. Iskes already operates a number of Damen vessels, including three ASD 2810 tugs, and is due to take delivery of a Damen ASD 3212 in the next few weeks. Its operating experience in harbour towing and assistance has already provided valuable input for the design and build process.

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