New Tug For Port Nel­son

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Port Nel­son Ltd in New Zealand is ex­pected to shortly take de­liv­ery of a new tug as part of NZ$29 mil­lion in new cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture.

The pur­chase of the new Da­men ASD 2411 tug fol­lows on from the pur­chase of the 52-tonne bol­lard pull tug ASD 2310 Toia, which ar­rived in Nel­son in Septem­ber 2016.

It will pro­vide 70 tonnes of bol­lard pull, pro­vid­ing the port with the abil­ity to berth larger ships than it can cur­rently, as well as the abil­ity to ex­tend berthing and sail­ing win­dows for ves­sels cur­rently us­ing the port. The one new tug will re­place will re­place two tugs from Port Nel­son’s ex­ist­ing fleet.

Built in Viet­nam, the tug was un­der­go­ing fi­nal fit­ting work at the time of its pur­chase.

This was in line with the builder’s stan­dard process of ship­build­ing which in­volves build­ing ba­sic pop­u­lar de­signs for stock to en­sure fast de­liv­ery.

Though the ves­sels come as stan­dard, Da­men is then able to tai­lor them to meet the in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments of its clients.

In this in­stance, this has in­volved the in­stal­la­tion of a gang­way to fa­cil­i­tate crew ac­cess in tides up to 4m ex­pe­ri­enced at Nel­son Port.

In ad­di­tion to the new Da­men Har­bour tug, the port is re­build­ing the north berth on its main wharf.

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