PORT of Marlborough New Zealand (PMNZ) and Damen Shipyards have signed a contract for an Azimuth Stern Drive Tug 2111.

The tug is 21 metres in length with a bollard pull of 50 tonnes.

The tug is to provide a boost in towage capability in Picton Harbour, where the inter-island passenger and freight ferries operate.

Damen’s new compact tugs product platform has been created to address the needs of ports that must accommodate and manoeuvre ever larger vessels within the space available.

The ASD Tug 2111 will be more than able to handle the next generation of larger ferries that need to be manoeuvred around PMNZ’s finger jetties.

The ASD Tug 2111 is fitted with IMO Tier II compliant engines as standard. However, PMNZ has opted to upgrade them to IMO Tier-III compliance, and this can be achieved relatively quickly by the installation of a Damen Emission Reduction System, for which the ASD Tug 2111 is built pre-prepared.

Port Marlborough CEO Rhys Welbourn said partnering with Damen will provide the port with access to new tug technology.

“We aim to enhance our marine towage service, going beyond compliance in environmental standards and modernising our fleet through this collaboration,” he said.

“The safety and efficiency of our operations in Picton Harbour are crucial in enabling the maritime sector in our region. Our marine fleet facilitates the flow of essential trade through the region including tourism, freight, ferries and cruise.”