De Boer Remorquage and Iskes Towage & Salvage have added a new shallow-draught harbour tug to support port activities in French Guiana.
Azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug, Papillon, is operating on a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana.
It is an ASD 2310 SD design that was built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands. It will be assisting vessels entering and leaving the ports and provide emergency assistance, such as fire-fighting, conduct survey activities and small transport work.
Papillon was built under French flag rules, ready for operation in the French overseas department. Grand Port Maritime de Guyane consultants, Earthcase and Hydro GC, and the French maritime authorities contributed to the design.
Another Damen-designed and built tug will be joining Papillon in French Guiana later this year. It will be a hybrid tug configured to conduct dredging duties as well.
De Boer Remorquage SARL is a subsidiary company of Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf De Boer).