Uruguayan shipowner and operator Transporte Fluviales Frey Bentos (TFF) has contracted Dutch inland shipping construction yard Concordia Damen to build a CDS2410 Shallow Draught River Pusher (2500 HP) to expand its fleet of pushboats.

The pushboat measures 24 x 10 metres. Two C32 CAT engines generate a power of 894 BkW at 1800 rpm each. TFF will use the pusher for transporting cellulose pulp from Fray Bentos to the port of Nueva Palmira.

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Adapted to local conditions

Concordia Damen has thoroughly researched the river characteristics in the region in relation to the desired operational profile of the vessel. Based on this, its engineers designed the most efficient pusher considering local conditions. This resulted in a proven low draught push boat design. The 2500 HP river pusher is a further development of these earlier pushers.

After outfitting the vessel at the yard in Werkendam, TFF superintendents will come to the Netherlands for the sea acceptance trials and the hand-over, which is estimated to take place in October of this year.

Picture: Fernando Perera Bruno, CEO TFF and Bert Duijzer, technical manager at Concordia Damen.

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