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Media release: New tug commissioned by Port Nelson

Posted on 03/12/2015

Port Nelson Ltd announces that it has signed a contract with B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem to build and deliver an ASD 2310 Damen Azimuth stern drive Tugboat.

The vessel is currently under construction at the Damen Shipyard in Changde China and is due for delivery in Nelson in August 2016.

This vessel will be the first new tug to arrive at Port Nelson since the Huria Matenga was delivered from Japan in 1984.

At 50 tonnes bollard pull, the new vessel will have significantly more power than either of the existing Port Nelson tugs, the Huria Matenga and the WH Parr.

It is estimated that the total project cost will be in the order of $8.6 million by the time the vessel arrives in Nelson next year.

"We are very pleased to confirm the contract for a new tugboat for Port Nelson," said Port Nelson Ltd Chairman Phil Lough. "This acquisition positions us well for the future."

Full detailed specifications of the vessel:

Damen 2310 ASD Tug

Built in Changde, China

Bollard Pull 50T

Length 22.7m

Beam 10.4m

Draft 4.5m

Gross Tonnage 217 ton

Arrival date August 2016


Media enquiries:

Martin Byrne

Chief Executive

Port Nelson

Ph +64 3 539 3884


Artist’s impression below:

Artist impression of Tug.