Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with Gerd Stensen AS from Norway for the delivery of a Damen Stan Tug 1606. The client will apply the new vessel to its dredging operations, which include work for the extraction of coral sand for the French agricultural industry. The new tug will first be used at a dredging operation in the Norwegian fjords.
As Gerd Stensen was already contracted to dredge in Norway, a fast turnaround on the order and delivery of the tug was critical. Asgeir Stensen, one of the owners of Gerd Stensen visited Damen’s headquarters in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, to see and try out the tug in late September 2018. A letter of intent was signed the same day.
Th tug was fitted with a towing winch for towing and maneuvering the pontoon and adding an additional heating system to deal with the northern climate. Upon completion, the tug will be transported on the deck of a liner vessel from the Port of Rotterdam for delivery in Norway.
Gerd Stensen is a family-owned company. It previously operated a Damen Stan Tug 1, which was sold to a vessel operator in the Baltics.