Damen Shipyards Group has been contracted by the Dutch and Swedish Ministries of Defence to maintain a total of five vessels.

The tugs were purchased as a joint venture between the Defence Material Organisation of the Netherlands and the Swedish Forsvarets Materielverk (FMV) from Damen.

Under the seven-year, in-service maintenance contract, Damen will perform scheduled as well as non-scheduled maintenance works, with the exception of the routine operational activities that fall within the remit of the crew.

"Damen will perform maintenance tasks on the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) three ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs."

The scheduled maintenance will be performed in accordance with a pre-determined plan agreed between all the parties involved, while both ministries will have full access to a 24/7 service desk in the event of additional works being required.

The agreement also includes training to the crew for their routine maintenance tasks, and in vessel handling and manoeuvring at the simulator training centre operated by 360-Control in IJmuiden.

Damen will perform maintenance tasks on the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) three ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs, two of which were delivered in February and April, respectively. The third tug, named Zuiderzee, will be delivered next month.

The maintenance services will be provided by Damen Shipyards Den Helder.

Damen Shiprepair Oskarshamnsvarvet on Sweden’s Baltic coast will be performing maintenance on the Swedish Royal Navy’s two Damen ASD 3010 tugs (ICE class), named HMS Hector and HMS Hercules.

The operations of all five tugs will be remotely monitored by the MX-suite software, providing real-time information on data, such as engine hours, to ensure that servicing takes place exactly when it is due.

Damen Shipyards Den Helder deputy director Peter van den Berg said: "The maintenance management solutions that we and Damen Shiprepair Oskarshamnsvarvet will be providing will relieve the navies of the time and effort needed to ensure that these vessels are fully operational at all times."

Image: Damen will provide a long term maintenance work on the Dutch and Swedish Navy’s tugs. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.