Damen busy building second tug for South African Navy

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) is currently building the second Damen ATD 2909 tug for the South African Navy, which will be delivered in January next year.

The first tug, Imvubu (Hippo) was delivered to the SA Navy on 9 July.

These new tugs, ordered in January 2014, are to replace two existing harbour and coastal tugs, De Neys and De Mist, built in 1969 and 1978 respectively. They will remain in service until the delivery of the second tug, Inyathi (Buffalo).

The new tugs are equipped to safely assist the SA Navy’s current and future fleet of vessels under all-weather, heavy sea, restricted visibility, day and night conditions within the confines of the Southern African ports and in coastal waters, Damen said. The vessels will be deployed for towing, mooring and fire-fighting operations.
“We were looking for a proven design and a commercial off-the-shelf product. Damen Shipyards Cape Town’s bid had the highest points combined with the right contract price. After the successful submission of the Armscor tender, DSCT was selected as the preferred bidder. The project team managing the acquisition describes the working relationship with Damen and the assistance it has received as excellent,” comments SA Navy Project Officer, Commander Hermann van Geems.

These registered SAMSA Class VIII vessels were constructed in South Africa by a South African workforce in keeping with governmental imperatives to create and maintain local job opportunities, Damen said.

The tugs are equipped with rigid foundations, extra plate thickness, extra brackets and extra fendering. They were further outfitted with SA Navy equipment to ensure equipment duplication and maintenance saving. The azimuth tractor drive (ATD) tugs have a bollard pull of 43 tonnes, a length of 29 metres, a beam of 9.98 metres, a maximum speed of 13.2 knots and a propulsion system of two Caterpillar 3512C HD engines with a total power of 3,000 bkW at 1,600 rpm. They are also outfitted with Rolls Royce US 205 azimuth thrusters.

The acquisition of the new tugs is being executed under the project name Canter.



DSCT, formerly known as Farocean Marine, delivered two Damen Stan Tugs for the SA Navy in 2006. These vessels are currently in service with the Naval Harbour Master for port operations in Simon’s Town.