Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has delivered a new plough tug to the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The plough tug, named Mohoma, is a versatile, seagoing workboat designed for both harbour and coastal services.

Based on a standardised and successful Damen Design this vessel is well-suited to various maritime tasks, operating efficiently in shallow and deeper waters with unrestricted sailing capability. DSCT’s extensive experience in constructing ‘low maintenance’ vessels ensured that all installed high-quality components are optimally laid out for easy maintenance.

“We are honoured to deliver this state-of-the-art plough tug to TNPA. This vessel has 45 tonnes of bollard pull, is 32 metres long and 9 metres wide, and can plough up to 25m deep.

“With a spacious working deck, this versatile workboat will serve as an asset for TNPA’s ports and dredging operations. It showcases the Damen Group’s design knowledge, the skill of our South African Shipbuilding team and our first-class local equipment manufacturers and co-makers,” said SefaleMontsi, Director of Damen Shipyards Cape Town.

The addition of the plough tug to TNPA’s Dredging Services fleet marks a significant enhancement of its infrastructure. The vessel was officially handed over during a ceremony held in Durban on 17 May 2023.

This acquisition is part of TNPA’s ongoing fleet upgrade program, aimed at expanding port capacity to accommodate larger vessels and meet growing demand.

The Damen standard design allows for long-term low operational costs and high-level multipurpose performance, which includes dredging, towing, pushing and harbour maintenance, buoy-and-anchor handling.

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