Fratelli Neri S.p.A has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 3212. The new vessel, called Luisa  Neri, was handed over from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands, on 25 January 2016.

The vessel represents two firsts: it is Fratelli Neri’s first Damen newbuild tug and it is the first ASD Tug in the Mediterranean with a Damen render-recovery winch.

Damen is renowned for its quick delivery times and this contract further reinforces that fact: the process from contract to delivery taking just five months.

With the vessel built for stock, Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam carried out the final outfitting works to bring Luisa Neri up to client specifications.

These modifications included, amongst other things, the installation of a deck crane and all equipment necessary to comply with FiFi 1 notation, Oil Recovery notation and Italian flag.

As one of the largest tug owners in Italy, Fratelli Neri will be putting Luisa Neri to use in its home port of Livorno. “With some tight turns, Livorno is well known for being quite a challenging harbour to operate in,” comments Damen Regional Sales Manager Andrea Trevisan. “Luisa Neri has the power – just over 80 tonnes of bollard pull –  the manoeuvrability and the right equipment to handle these difficult escorting duties though.”

The vessel is provided with a Damen render-recovery winch on the fore deck and a Damen towing winch on the aft deck. Both winches are designed and engineered by Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam and produced by Damen Marine Components. These winches allow operators to work in the toughest offshore conditions.

The render-recovery winch on the fore deck is a double drum anchor/towing winch, with 200 metres of Dyneema towing wire on each drum. The winch is directly driven by two Hägglunds hydraulic motors connected to the main shaft.

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