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Damen and SAFEEN to bring first electric tug to Middle East

Damen Shipyards and SAFEEN Group, part of AD Ports Group, have signed an agreement for the lease and purchase of an all-electric Damen RSD-E Tug 2513. The RSD-E Tug 2513 will be the first fully electric tug to operate in the Middle East.

The powerful yet compact new tug, which is just 25m in length but has a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, is capable of manoeuvring even the largest vessels and can undertake two or more assignments before being recharged, which takes just two hours.

Following the successful launch of the class in August 2022 in the Port of Auckland, New Zealand, Damen Shipyards began series production on speculation with an initial run of six vessels. The first to be completed has now departed Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam and is en-route for Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. There it will join the tug fleet operated by SAFEEN Group, the region’s leading maritime services provider.

Damen’s Financial Services (DFS), a subsidiary of Damen Shipyards, is providing a leasing package to support the purchase. DFS offers this service as it enables clients to finance their transition to a more sustainable future. DFS has recently acquired a second RSD-E Tug 2513 which is available on a lease-to-own basis.

The contract was signed on 2 May in Abu Dhabi by Capt. Adil Banihammad and Mr. Kommer Damen. The vessel will be unveiled to the international towage community at the 27th International Tug & Salvage Convention, Exhibition & Awards taking place from 21 to 23 May in Dubai.

Following that it will enter service in Khalifa Port handling container ships, car carriers and other traffic. With shore-based charging facilities yet to be introduced, it will operate initially in hybrid mode with the Tier III compliant generators being used to charge the batteries.

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