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Fairplay orders tugs from Damen

The tug shipping company Fairplay Towage has placed an order with Damen Shipyards for the delivery of two additional tugs.

According to the Dutch shipyard, one is an ASD Tug 2813 and the other is an azimuth stern drive tug with a bollard pull of 60 tons. [ds_preview]

The latter tug will be equipped with a stern winch for offshore towing work. The ASD tug 2813 has a bollard pull of over 80 tons for port assistance. Both vessels will be equipped with external fire-fighting capabilities (FiFi) for rapid response in emergencies.

After the ASD Tug 2813, which was delivered at the end of 2023, these are the latest vessels that Fairplay has acquired from Damen. Fairplay continues to grow and rejuvenate its fleet, and when the two latest acquisitions are delivered at the end of this year, the total number of Damen vessels in the fleet will have grown to thirteen.

“We greatly value the deep relationship we have built with Fairplay over the last few years. We are extremely pleased that this important customer has returned to us with their latest requirements and that we have succeeded in convincing them of the benefits of our offer despite strong competition,” says Damen Sales Manager Joschka Böddeling.

Fairplay: “Customers are increasingly demanding a high bollard pull”

Arkadiusz Ryz, Director Offshore Division at Fairplay Towage, commented on the signing of the shipbuilding contracts: “When considering purchases, we were looking for modern tugs with excellent ice-class characteristics to strengthen and rejuvenate our fleet. This is exactly what we found in Damen’s proposal. One vessel will be equipped with a stern winch, which will allow us to offer a variety of services. The vessel will fill a gap in our fleet between our harbour tugs, such as the Damen RSD Tug 2513 and our Damen Shoalbuster 2711 Fairplay-37. We have also noticed that our customers are increasingly demanding a high bollard pull, which is why we are adding another newbuild with more than 80 tons of bollard pull to our fleet with the Damen ASD Tug 2813.”

Fairplay has reportedly opted for after-treatment systems for both vessels to ensure compliance with IMO Tier III.

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