RAK Ports new ASD Tug 2913 was launched at the Albwardy Damen yard in Sharjah last week. Ordered twelve months ago, the tug will join the RAK Ports fleet and operate at the new deep-water bulk terminal currently nearing completion at Saqr Port. The 80t bollard pull tug will provide additional power for manoeuvring Capesize vessels and complement the seven existing Damen tugs: ASD Tug 2411; ASD Tug 2310, and five Stan Tugs. RAK Ports new tug is the most powerful harbour tug to be both built in, and operate in, the UAE.
The tug was launched in the presence of Capt. Cliff Brand, the Chief Executive Officer of RAK Ports, and Capt. Michael Magee, the Harbour Master of RAK Ports. Capt Brand highlighted in his speech the importance for the UAE economy to build “in the UAE for the UAE” and the added value of having the building yard around the corner for support during the life time of the vessel.
Capt Magee commented that this tug is an important addition to the fleet for the safe operation of Capesize vessels at the impressive new deep water terminal at Saqr Port, and added he is impressed with the adaptability of Damen, the high quality of build and level of service.
The tug is expected to arrive in Ras Al Khaimah in late July following commissioning and sea trials.