Keel laid for Auckland’s electric tug

Keel-laying for the RSD-E Tug 2513 Photo: DamenKeel-laying for the RSD-E Tug 2513 Photo: Damen

Damen Song Cam Shipyard, together with joint venture partner Song Cam Shipyard, has hosted a keel-laying ceremony for the electric RSD-E Tug 2513 that Damen is building for the Ports of Auckland, New Zealand.

The ceremony, held on 7 July in Vietnam, was attended by Her Excellency Wendy Matthews, the ambassador of New Zealand to Vietnam and Her Excellency Elsbeth Akkerman, the ambassador of the Netherlands to Vietnam. Representatives of the Ports of Auckland attended the ceremony remotely via digital communication.

The RSD-E Tug 2513 builds on the efficient and sustainable Reversed Stern Drive platform to offer zero emissions performance courtesy of the vessel’s fully electric propulsion.

The ‘always bow first’ RSD-E Tug 2513 delivers 70 tonnes bollard pull both astern and ahead and can be operated with a crew of just two persons. The RSD-E Tug 2513 can be fully charged in only two hours with minimum effort.

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