A keel-laying ceremony has been held at Damen Shipyards Sharjah, for a new ASD Tug 2913 being built for Saqr Port, part of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports.
The keel-laying was attended by Captain Brand, Group General Manager RAK Ports, Captain Magee, Harbour Master RAK Ports, Pascal Slingerland, Damen Sales Manager Middle East and the Albwardy Damen management and project teams.
The keel was lowered onto the building blocks by Captain Brand. Following this, both Captain Brand and Captain Magee marked the occasion by breaking a coconut over the keel.
Furthermore, during the event, a 3D engineering model of the vessel was shown to the client. This is a tool used by Damen for the design of its vessels and the detailed engineering of all systems onboard. The 3D engineering models allows Damen to design its vessels in such a way as to optimise the ergonomics for the crew onboard and to ensure accessibility of all systems for ease of maintenance during the lifetime of the tug.
Damen will deliver the vessel to RAK Ports next year, in time for the opening of a new bulk terminal at Saqr Port. RAK Ports required a tug that was both compact and powerful, in order to handle the large carriers that will call at the port.