New Tug For Port Nelson
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.