South Port New Zealand Orders Damen Azimuth Tractor Tug 2412
Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with South Port New Zealand for the delivery of a Damen Azimuth Tractor Tug 2412. The vessel, with 65 tonnes bollard pull, will replace an older vessel with 35 tonnes bollard pull. This will bring the port’s total bollard pull capability up to 105 tonnes, increasing safety margins in the handling of large vessels. South Port has selected an ATD due to its ability to undertake indirect towage and for the vessel’s excellent manoeuvrability and power.
Due to Damen’s practice of building standardised vessels in series and for stock, the ATD Tug 2412 was already being built at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam at the time of contract signing. The yard will complete construction and deliver the vessel in Q3 this year.
South Port, based in New Zealands Southland, is the southernmost port in the country. It offers a comprehensive range of marine services and is ideally situated to service the region’s extensive import and exports industries, covering diverse sectors.