SAAM S.A. has placed orders with the Damen Shipyards Group for two ASD Tugs 2411. SAAM is based in Chile from where it offers towage, logistics and port services in South, Central and North America. With a fleet of nearly 200 vessels it is the largest such operator in the region.
At 24m in length, the ASD 2411 is a compact yet powerful vessel with a maximum bollard pull of 70 tonnes and can be found in operation all over the world. Sturdily built to a state-of-the art design, they are highly manoeuvrable and exceptionally reliable.
Damen and SAAM have known each other for many years. A joint venture between SAAM and Smit ordered an ASD Tug 2913 in 2015 for operations in Panama. Additionally, SAAM operates three Damen Stan Tugs purchased between 1995 and 1999.
SAAM representatives flew to Damen’s shipyard in Vietnam, where the two vessels had been built and were then being held in stock, to inspect them. The contract was signed the following day for delivery just three months later, including all the required modifications.