On 20 October, a handover ceremony was held at Albwardy Damen, in Sharjah, UAE, celebrating Damen’s delivery of 13 tugs to Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping. The tugs will be operated at various offshore terminals in Iraq and will serve partnership between Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping and General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI). The contract for the order was signed in the end of March 2019. Damen has delivered all the vessels within a seven month period.

Damen was able to deliver the 13 vessels quickly, modified to the requirements of its client, thanks to its philosophy of standardized shipbuilding, which ensures the fast delivery of proven vessels. The 13 vessel order consisted of 4 ASD Tugs 2813, 2 ASD Tugs 3212, 3 RSD Tugs 2513 – all state-of-the-art vessels from Damen’s Next Generation Tugs series – 3 Stan Tugs 2208 and a Shoalbuster 2609. The ASD tugs are fully equipped, including FiFi 1 and an escort towing notation. Furthermore, the contract includes spare part packages, training, a computerized planned maintenance system and a remote monitoring system on board of all tugs.

During the ceremony 7 of the 13 tugs were lined up at the Albwardy Damen facility in Sharjah, UAE, 3 tugs are already in operation and the remaining 3 boats are currently on the voyage from the yard to the client. Albwardy Damen has played a crucial role in outfitting the tugs as per the client’s requirements and providing training to all crew prior to delivery.

The vessel order will serve to fulfill a 20-year contract between Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping and GCPI. The contract gives Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping responsibility for marine service at the oil terminals. With this agreement, the two parties will secure Iraq’s ability to handle the constant flow of tankers entering and leaving the country.