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New LNG Tugs Arrive for Atlantic Towing's Joint Venture in Trinidad and Tobago

ARC Towage, Atlantic Towing's joint venture, signed contracts with Netherlands shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group in July 2013 to build four tugboats.  The new building contracts are the result of a special joint venture established to provide gas terminal berthing services for a significant energy industry player in Trinidad and Tobago.  The first Tug, an ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) 2810, arrived in Trinidad earlier this month, while the second vessel is expected to arrive the first week of November. 
The remaining two tugs will arrive mid-December this year.  They are being built at Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania, and will be delivered by Damen Services in Trinidad and Tobago before January 1, 2015. The vessels will provide towage services for escorting, berthing, and un-berthing LNG-vessels.

The ASD Tugs 2810 have a minimal bollard pull of 60 tonnes and a maximum speed of 12.9 knots.  For operation in and around the LNG terminal, the vessels are equipped with rig savers on all engines, including remote shut off valves, remote-closing air intakes, gas detection systems, and exterior explosion-proof lighting.

Guapo Warrior
New LNG Tugs Arrive for Atlantic Towing's Joint Venture in Trinidad and Tobago.

The name ARC Towage represents the parties involved in this joint venture; Atlantic Towing, Ryser, and Coloured Fin.  Reyser is a subsidiary of Bergé group of Spain that manages business related to tug and port services, and Coloured Fin services the shipping and oil and gas exploration industries in Trinidad and Tobago.

About Atlantic Towing
Atlantic Towing Limited (ATL) is one of Canada’s most established and diversified marine service providers.   Operating since 1961, ATL provides a full range of specialized marine services to clients around the world, including:

  • Offshore Supply and Support Services
  • Ocean and Coastal Towage
  • Harbour and Terminal Berthage
  • Barging Services

About Reyser
Reyser is a subsidiary holding company of Bergé group, one of the largest logistic and maritime operators in Spain.  Established in 1948, its core business is the provision of services associated with port activity, both in ports and LNG terminals.  It operates in Spain, Canada, and Yemen.  Reyser is currently the largest operator of mooring services in Spain and one of the top three in towing services.

About Coloured Fin
Coloured Fin Limited today employs 150 permanent and 20 contracted employees.  The company provides ship management, towage, pilot boat, rescue / patrol boat, passenger vessel, water delivery, courier, and sale and purchase services in the Caribbean with a fleet of well-maintained and equipped,  professionally operated vessels.  Coloured Fin Limited is the only dedicated domestic and drill water supplier servicing the shipping and oil and gas exploration industries in Trinidad and Tobago. The Company also provides line handling launches and crews at the LNG Terminals at Point Fortin.


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Mary Keith 
Vice President Communications 
J.D. Irving, Limited 
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