Damen unveils new compact ASD Tug 1810

Damen unveils new compact ASD Tug 1810
ASD Tug 1810 - Artist Impression

The latest vessel in the Damen Compact Tugs product platform is here. The ASD Tug 1810 – 18.25 metres x 10.23 metres – is the next piece in the puzzle as Damen sets out to answer the needs of the modern port operation.


As with all vessels in its portfolio, Damen has placed great emphasis on safety in the development of the ASD Tug 1810. The vessel can draw on technology already proven on board the other vessels in the Compact Tugs range.

Siebe Cieraad, Damen’s Product Portfolio Manager Tugs explains, “With it being a priority for us, you see safety return time and again throughout the entire design of the tug. For example, the vessel boasts a high freeboard, keeping water on deck to a minimum. It also has the tumblehome so characteristic of the Compact Tugs range, enabling it to get safely up close when assisting a vessel.”

The operation is further aided by the application of ergonomically designed consoles and a 360-degree view from the wheelhouse, enabling operators to see what’s happening both fore and aft. The operators further benefit from the use of Damen Safety Glass; in the event of a towing line snapping, this shatterproof glazing ensures that observers on the bridge are protected.

Things are looking up

Like the other vessels in the range, the ASD Tug 1810 features clutter-free decks. As Siebe points out, during an operation, the crew need to be focused on what is going on around them and not be distracted by potential tripping hazards on deck.  

“To help the crew maintain their focus during their work, and to help the captain gain a clear view of what’s taking place, we’ve tried to keep the decks as clear as possible, and keep the potential of tripping to an absolute minimum.”

Minimal maintenance

Most of the items conventionally found on the deck have been incorporated into the deckhouse and bulwark. This includes the Damen Marine Components winch, which has an important role to play in the vessel’s efficient performance. The winch is installed in the deck house so that towing operations both fore and aft can be undertaken with a single winch.

“In addition to protecting the crew, this also helps protect the equipment,” says Siebe. “With the winch placed in this location, it is afforded shelter from the elements, minimising the needs for maintenance.”

The same applies to the tug’s closed-loop cooling system. In this, fresh water runs in a series of channels on the underside, radiating heat away from the vessel.

 “As such, no sea water enters the vessel and the internal system is protected from the abrasiveness of salt water. As a result, it becomes possible to reduce docking intervals, sometimes by as much up to seven years.”

The ASD Tug 1810 also features the patented Damen Twin Fin skeg. Originally installed on the RSD Tug 2513, the skeg has now become a feature on all Damen’s Compact Tugs. It has demonstrated its ability to boost course keeping, manoeuvrability and predictable sailing behaviour during operations, improving both efficiency and safety.

As compact as can be

Where the Compact Tugs portfolio excels is its ability to answer the challenge of increasingly large seagoing vessels in ports. This creates a seemingly paradoxical situation whereby a tug is required to have more power, and yet has less space to operate in.

With 30 tonnes of bollard pull ahead and 28 tonnes of bollard pull astern, and at just over 18 metres in length, the ASD Tug 1810 is set to meet this challenge head-on.

Damen is tackling this by combining the proven credentials of its vessels with innovation. Take, for example, the electric power generation system installed on the vessels in the Compact Tugs range. Rather than the typical arrangement featuring two diesel generator sets, the system includes two shaft generators, one fitted to each power train, and a backup diesel generator. This diesel generator can also be used when the vessel is alongside a quay where there is no shore connection available.

Siebe explains, “The system draws on power from the main engines to create electricity. With this, there is no requirement for a third diesel engine to provide electrical power when the vessel is sailing.”

This provides several benefits. For one thing, it results in a reduction in fuel consumption and, therefore, emissions, improving the vessel’s sustainability performance. It also reduces the amount of maintenance that typically has to be carried out on a conventional generator. Crucially,  this configuration enables Damen to produce a more compact design.

Moving towards increased sustainability and efficiency

Despite its compact nature, Damen has designed the ASD Tug 1810 to produce minimal noise and vibration. The four-person accommodation, for example, is well insulated and finished with modern, durable linings, while the wheelhouse features a floating floor and acoustical ceiling.

In addition to improving onboard comfort for the crew, Damen has aimed to develop a tug that offers minimal disruption to the environment. IMO Tier III compliance results from the installation of a Damen Emission Reduction System. This modular optional feature is an in-house developed exhaust gas aftertreatment solution that reduces the NOX emissions from the vessel. Fitted in the existing exhaust silencers, the system can be retrofitted to the vessel at any time.

In a further boost to efficiency, the tug will be delivered with all the necessary equipment to be remotely connected to Damen’s award-winning IoT solution Triton.

“With this, it becomes possible to closely monitor the vessel’s performance. The benefits to this are many and varied. For example, Triton can help determine the optimal speed and route for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This is just one of the many ways we are looking to reach our goal of becoming the most sustainable maritime solutions provider.”

Driven by the challenge

To that end, Damen is also developing zero-emission or carbon-neutral versions of its compact ASD Tugs.

“The aim of the Compact Tugs range is to serve the needs of today’s ports and harbours. That means addressing multiple questions in a single platform. Such vessels need increasing amounts of power, situated in increasingly compact vessels, with zero compromises on safety and reliability, while advancing maritime sustainability. It’s a challenge for sure, but at Damen, it’s the challenge that motivates us and that has been the driving force behind our vessels over the years.”