Damen holds handover ceremony for 13-tug order in GCC

Published: 7 November 2019 - 8:56 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

Albwardy Damen, in Sharjah, UAE, has marked Damen’s delivery of thirteen tugs to Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping.

The tugs will be operated at various offshore terminals in Iraq, in a joint cooperation between Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping and General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI).


The contract for the order was signed at the end of March 2019 and Damen delivered all the vessels within a seven month period.

Damen was able to deliver the thirteen vessels quickly, modified to the requirements of its client, thanks to its philosophy of standardised shipbuilding, which ensures the fast delivery of proven vessels.

The thirteen vessel order consisted of four ASD Tugs 2813, two ASD Tugs 3212, three RSD Tugs 2513 – all state-of-the-art vessels from Damen’s Next Generation Tugs series – three 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 computerised planned maintenance system and a remote monitoring system on board of all tugs.


During the ceremony seven of the thirteen tugs where lined up at the Albwardy Damen facility in Sharjah, UAE (three tugs are already in operation and the remaining three boats are currently on 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 fulfil 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.

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