Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has continued to expand its fleet with the deliveries of two new Damen tugs; an ASD 2913 called Danimarca and an ASD 2411 called Columbia.
The delivery of the Danimarca took place in Genoa on 14 June 2017. This new tug will join the ASD 2913 Germania that joined the company’s fleet at the beginning of the year. Like her sister vessel, the Danimarca has also been installed with FiFi 1 and an aft winch, in addition to oil recovery and escort capabilities.
This extra equipment, combined with a bollard pull of 80 tonnes, means that Rimorchiatori Riuniti will be able to sign these two ASD 2913 tugs up for offshore tasks as well as harbour assistance duties.
Handed over to Rimorchiatori Riuniti at the end of May, the Columbia has joined for harbour towage duties with sister vessel Malta in the port of Genoa. At 24 metres long and 11 metres wide, these tugs are compact enough to allow deployment in small port situations. Yet, in terms of performance, no compromises need to be made since the ASD 2411 still yields a 70-tonne bollard pull capacity.
“We are very proud that Italy’s largest tug owner has called on Damen to contribute to their continued fleet expansion,” says Damen Regional Sales Manager Andrea Trevisan. “And, with both these contracts only finalised a few months previously, we are pleased to say that we have once again completed these contracts swiftly.”
“Our philosophy of standardised construction means that our clients are afforded consistent quality, irrespective of which of our yards we build their vessel.”
Four recent Rimorchiatori Riuniti vessels demonstrate this point. While the Germania and Danimarca were both built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, the Columbia was built at Albwardy Damen (the UAE-based joint venture of Albwardy Marine Engineering and Damen Shipyards Sharjah) and the Malta at Song Thu Shipyard in Danang, Vietnam.