Dutch navy gets Damen Hybrid tugs
The Royal Netherlands Navy has taken formal delivery of three Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs at Den Helder Naval Base, Damen announced on 13 July.
The tugs will bring the navy increased ship handling capacity. They feature hybrid propulsion systems and 60-tonne bollard pull as well as reduced emissions for meeting future sustainable fleet requirements.
The vessels have been named HNLMS Zuiderzee, Waddenzee and Noordzee, and can sail in three modes - fully-electric, diesel-electric or diesel-direct. This design reduces exhaust emissions and increases fuel efficiency.
When sailing under diesel power, the vessel can store any electrical energy that is not immediately used in its battery pack. The battery-stored electricity can then be used in fully-electric sailing mode, which is possible for up to one hour at a speed of four knots with zero emissions.
Damen Shipyards Den Helder will perform an ongoing maintenance programme for all three vessels, which are now in active service.
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