On Thursday 11 May 2023 Multraship Towage & Salvage named two Damen-built tugs at a Christening ceremony held at Multraship’s home port of Terneuzen, the Netherlands.
Multratug 5, a Damen Stan Tug 1205 and Multratug6, a Damen ASD Tug 2810, immediately entered service upon delivery to Multraship and are currently in operation in the River Scheldt area.
The speed with which the tugs were delivered was thanks to Damen’s practice of building in series and for stock – a feature that Multraship, as a long-term client of Damen’s, has long benefitted from.
Although based on proven, standard designs, Damen is able to tailor its vessels to the requirements of its clients. In the case of Multratug6, this included a winterisation package, FiFi-1 class notation and installation of an aft winch, amongst many other additional features.
Multratug 6 also has the distinction of being the last Damen ASD Tug 2810 ever to be built. Following the sale of over 200 vessels, the ASD Tug 2810 is Damen’s most successful design to date and can be found operating in harbours all around the world.
The naming ceremony was attended by a number of guests on behalf of Damen including Mijndert Wiesenekker, sales director Benelux, and Vincent Maes, sales manager Benelux.
The vessels were delivered to Multraship during a period of wider fleet expansion, with the company also adding two ERTVs, MultrashipCommanderand MultrashipProtector, as well as the Multrasalvor 6, a Damen Multi Cat and salvage support vessel along with another Damen harbour tug, Multratug 9, over the past year.
Multraship is a division of the Muller Maritime Group, which has been engaged in the shipping industry for more than 230 years. Multraship’s core activities include harbour towage, salvage & wreck removal, ocean towage and support to offshore energy & dredging industries.