Fairplay Towage Expands Fleet: New Damen Tugboats On The Horizon

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Fairplay Towage Group & Vessel Specifications

Fairplay Towage Group, a prominent towage provider in Europe, has placed an order with Damen Shipyards for the delivery of two new tugboats, enhancing their fleet capabilities significantly.

•ASD Tug 2813: This tugboat boasts an impressive bollard pull exceeding 80 tonnes, ideal for harbour assistance operations.

•60-Tonne Bollard Pull Tug with Azimuth Stern Drives: Equipped with azimuth stern drives and an aft winch, this vessel is tailored for offshore towage tasks.

These are the most recent vessels to be purchased by Fairplay from Damen, following an ASD Tug 2813 that was delivered at the end of 2023. Fairplay is continuously expanding and rejuvenating its fleet and when the latest two acquisitions are delivered late this year, the total number of Damen vessels in the fleet will have grown to thirteen.

Special Contract

“This contract is special for Damen,” says Damen Sales Manager Joschka Böddeling. “We truly value the profound relationship we have built up with Fairplay over recent years. We are incredibly happy that this important customer has returned to us with their latest requirements and that, despite stiff competition, we succeeded in convincing them of the benefits of our proposal.”

Damen-Fairplay Partnership

Arkadiusz Ryz, Director Offshore Division at Fairplay Towage, commented on the occasion of the signing of the ship building contracts: “When considering our acquisition plans, we had been looking for modern tug designs with outstanding ice class capabilities to strengthen and rejuvenate our fleet. This is precisely what we have found in Damen’s proposal. One vessel will be equipped with an aft winch which will allow us to offer a large variety of services. She will plug a gap in our lineup between our harbour tugs such as the Damen RSD Tug 2513 design, and our Damen Shoalbuster 2711 Fairplay-37. We have also noticed that our customers are increasingly demanding high bollard pull and this is why we are adding another new build tug with 80 tonnes plus bollard pull to our fleet in the form of a Damen ASD Tug 2813­.”

Fairplay’s Vision for Environment

Fairplay understands the need to improve the sustainability of its operations and the group has therefore decided to invest voluntarily in after-treatment systems for both vessels to ensure IMO Tier III compliance. Further environmental gains will be realised by reducing and optimising consumption via new tugs as older units are retired.

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Source: Damen