Damen Delivers Tug to Foyle Port

Strathfoyle (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Posted by Michelle Howard

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered an ASD 2310 Tug to Foyle
Port. The official handover of the new vessel - named Strathfoyle
- took place at a short ceremony attended by the port's staff,
clients and stakeholders. Taking the position as most powerful
tug at the port, the Strathfoyle marks a commitment to ongoing
safe and efficient harbor assistance operations at Foyle Port.

Foyle Port is in the North West of Ireland. Located at the
south-west end of Lough Foyle, the port's primary cargos are bulk
goods arriving at the Lisahally Terminal and oil products that
call at the LSS Oil Terminal. Furthermore, Foyle Port serves as a
destination for cruise vessel passengers.

Strathfoyle expands on Damen's standard ASD 2310 design in
certain key aspects. She has been equipped with an aft winch, to
give her the potential to conduct salvage work outside the
sheltered confines of Lough Foyle, and an additional deck crane
to widen the scope of harbor duties that she can perform.

According to Captain Bill McCann, Harbor Master and Operations
Director at Foyle Port, the new tug provides the port with
increased flexibility in numerous ways: "With the oil terminal
and the increasing numbers and size of bulk carriers at the port,
we really need the extra bollard pull and maneuverability.

"As we are also expanding our Marine Services division, we
installed a deck crane for even more all-round capability. In
this respect, she is more than a tug, she is a workboat too - a
jack of all trades. Although the tugs main function is harbor
towage the extra equipment also gives us possibilities to charter
her out for coastal towage or harbor towage operations at other

Damen received the order for the new tug in December 2015 after a
public tender process. Construction took place at Damen Shipyards
Changde, with the Strathfoyle being delivered in the last week of
2016, considerably ahead of schedule.

"We have been operating the tug for six weeks; she is now 100
percent operational," continues Captain McCann. "The feedback
from the captains is excellent: they are very impressed. The
pilots are also very pleased with her."

While the Strathfoyle is small enough to be classified within the
UK Workboat Code, she is still capable of a significant bollard
pull, said Arjen van Elk, Damen Sales Manager. "She is a powerful
vessel - packing almost 50 metric tons of bollard pull. This
power combined with a compact design makes an ideal choice for
ports of this size."

The Strathfoyle joins a fleet of two other harbor tugs, one of
which is the Damen-built Otterbank, a Stan Tug 1605 that was
built and delivered in back in 1996.

"The Otterbank has proved to be a very reliable asset for the
port. We are glad to hear that they are very happy with her," Van
Elk went on to say. "And now it has been really nice to work with
this client again and continue our good relationship with the

Mar 9, 2017

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