BHAGWAN Marine will put a new tug to work towing barges near Barrow Island Marine Park after taking delivery of the vessel in August.

The Damen ASD 2310 vessel, named Bhagwan Pride, has an ahead bollard pull of 48.7 ton and 46.5 ton astern – the total output of 3,000bkW provided by two Caterpillar 3512C TA engines.

Built by Damen Shipyards at its Changde facilities in China, only a few changes were made to bring the vessel to Australian standards, Damen area director for the Asia Pacific Roland Briene said.

“These involved local standards of safety and electrical systems,” he said.

Damen also had to ensure it was in compliance with the strict environmental regulations enforced on Barrow Island when delivering the vessel.

“Before we delivered the tug, we had to get the hull checked to ensure we weren’t inadvertently importing in any alien species to this delicate marine environment,” he said.

The Bhagwan Pride will work opposite the Bhagwan Power, a Damen ASD 2810 delivered last year from Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam.

“These two Damen tugs will now be working side by side on the same project,” Mr Briene said.

“With the Bhagwan Pride, their fleet now has almost ten Damen vessels. It is the ongoing trust between us that has lead to this current delivery,” he said.