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Damen wins tug order

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Damen has released a statement claiming that it has won an order for 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs from Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The vessels will be deployed on two maritime projects for which ECO has recently been awarded contracts.

Four of these tugs – which will be of the escort/mooring ASD 3212 design with a bollard pull of 80 t – will operate at the new Corpus Christi LNG export terminal in Texas, US.

The remaining nine tugs will be used for ship escort-response duties out of Valdez, Prince William Sound, Alaska, US, from July 2018. Specifically, four ASD 3212 tugs with a bollard pull of 70 t each will be provided, as well as five ASD 4517 tugs with a bollard pull of 150+ t each. The latter design was developed jointly by Damen and ECO, and is designed especially for the often-challenging weather conditions in the Prince William Sound.

Gary Chouest, the President/CEO of ECO, said: “Chouest was pleased to have this opportunity to take Damen’s proven hull design and helped create a new, state-of-the-art escort design representing the most powerful ASD tug ever designed or built.”

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