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Meyer’s Group Orders Tugs for New Panama Canal contract.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Meyer’s Group, Michel Mittelmeyer, at the official signing ceremony at the Panama Maritime XIII World Conference said that his company was awarded a contract last year to offer towage support in the new Panama Canal locks.

As a follow up, the Meyer’s Group has ordered two Damen ASD 2913 Tugs to operate in the newly expanded Panama Canal.

These new tugs fulfill the requirements of the Panama Canal Authority as more powerful vessels, of at least 80 metric tons bollard pull, are needed given the ever-increasing size of vessels.

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The newly expected tugs Arcangel San Rafael and Arcangel San Gabriel, will join the company’s fleet in May and August making the company have a total of six Damen vessels and 5 others.

“The company really wants to maintain a very new fleet in Panama,” Mittelmeyer said. “With the Panama Canal expansion there has been a substantial pick-up in activity. And even though there maybe fewer feeder vessels, these are being replaced with the mega containerships and tankers, hence the need for stronger, versatile tugs.” he added.

Source : marinelink
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