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Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Two new ASD Tugs 3212 built for Iskes by Damen have been officially named Mars and Mercurius at IJmuiden Port, Amsterdam.

The naming formed part of an event held to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Iskes Towage & Salvage, formed by Ben Iskes, the father of current owner Jim Iskes, in 1968.

Mars was named by Elisabeth Post, Deputy for Transport and Traffic for the Province of North Holland, and Mercurius by Miss Annick Vergouwen, daughter of managing director Ronald Vergouwen. The celebrations were attended by Iskes staff, clients and many other associates who have worked alongside the company over the years. A third tug, from another yard, was officially named Telstar at the same time.

The Mars and Mercurius are said to be among the most powerful vessels in the Iskes fleet and operate mainly in the ports of IJmuiden (Amsterdam) and Europort (Rotterdam), but are available for assignments further offshore in the North Sea. With 82.5 tonnes of bollard pull the ASD Tugs 3212 can handle the largest vessels that visit the ports and feature a number of typical Iskes modifications.

Mijndert Wiesenekker, Sales Director Benelux at Damen, said “Our congratulations to the Iskes family and everyone at the Iskes Towage & Salvage company on reaching their 50th anniversary. We are proud to have played a part in their success, with twelve Damen vessels currently serving in their fleet. We look forward to continuing the cooperation between the two companies into the future.”

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