Industry, Logistics & Shipping

Italian shipper Moby adds new Damen tug into fleet

Moby, a leading shipping company in Italy, recently held a naming ceremony for its new Damen ASD Tug 2813, Vincenzino O., in Cagliari as part of the company’s plans to upgrade its fleet.

The ASD Tug 2813 is part of Damen’s next generation of tugs. This series offers a range of new tug designs. The next generation tugs aim at ensuring maximum safety, reliability, sustainability and efficiency. The vessels feature innovative technologies ranging from safety glass to connectivity and from compliance with 2020 stability regulations to IMO Tier III readiness, it said.

The ASD Tug 2813 delivers approximately 85 tonnes bollard pull and offers MLC compliant accommodation and an aft deck area of about 80m2, providing both extended crew capacity and optimal towage capabilities fore and aft.

Speaking at the naming ceremony, CEO Achille Onorato said: "We are very proud to welcome this new tug to our fleet. The vessel, which carries the name of my son, Vincenzino O., introduces the sixth generation of our family to the sea and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the community of Sardinia."

“We have enjoyed an excellent cooperation with Damen in the construction of this vessel and are confident in their reputation for the delivery of high quality vessels,” he added.

Antonio Marte, sales manager, Damen, said: “Moby strives for the highest standards of quality and safety, which is why they have chosen our company.”

“It is a great pleasure to establish a strong relationship with Moby. Onorato has a long-term vision and I share with him the desire for innovation in the shipping industry, including in the harbour towage business,” stated Marte.

“That is also one of the reasons why the ASD Tug 2813 was chosen, because the vessel is prepared for the installation of the plug and play Damen SCR NOX Reduction System, which makes the vessel IMO Tier III compliant. This is the first chapter of a long lasting relationship that will see Moby and Damen cooperate in the future, also in other markets,” he added.

Though built to a proven standardised design the tug is outfitted with a number of options in order to tailor her to Moby’s requirements, said the statement from the company.

This includes FiFi1, oil recovery notation, salvage notation and a number of features to facilitate salvage operations. Amongst these are a stern roller, independent double drum aft winch and a crane aft.

The vessel also features remote monitoring capabilities enabling onshore viewing of such things as performance and fuel consumption, leading to optimised, efficient operations, it added.

Moby is a fifth-generation family company offering shipping services for both cargo and passengers with a fleet of approximately 50 RoPax vessels and 18 tugs.

The company operates ferry and cruise ferry services from the Italian and French mainland to the Mediterranean islands of Elba, Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily as well as to Tremiti in the Adriatic.-TradeArabia News Service