The Netherlands: Rotortug, Robert Allan Ink Deal with Damen
Rotortug announced that Elisabeth Ltd has placed a new building order with Damen Shipyards for the construction of two Hybrid Advanced Rotortugs ART 80-32 of 80 tons bollard pull. Simultaneously Elisabeth Ltd ordered two ART 80-32, with Fifi 1, at Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd.
They will be the first series of Rotor®tugs to be built at Damen Shipyards and Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd and will be added to the Kotug fleet.
This ART 80-32 is the third Rotor®tug design originating from the co-operation between Rotor®tug and Robert Allan Ltd and the follow up on the first Hybrid Rotor®tug ever, the RT Adriaan, refitted by Aspin Kemp Associates Ltd under supervision of the new building department of Kotug.
An agreement was signed between Damen, Robert Allan Ltd and Rotor®tug which enables Damen to build ART 80-32 Rotor®tugs for third parties on March 26. A separate signing ceremony with Cheoy Lee will be organized soon. This agreement between parties announces the beginning of an new era for the Rotor®tug propulsion configuration. It is now possible to buy a Rotor®tug, designed by Robert Allan Ltd, built by Damen or Cheoy Lee.
Damen and Cheoy Lee are planning to integrate the ART 80-32 into their harbor/terminal tugs portfolio. This will give them the opportunity to offer on tenders requesting Rotor®tugs for their performance, redundancy, superior safety and unique maneuverability.
Press Release, March 27, 2013