Damen completes Caspian Shoalbuster trio order

The first two Caspian Shoalbusters shown here have now been joined by the third and final of the order (Damen) The first two Caspian Shoalbusters shown here have now been joined by the third and final of the order (Damen)
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Damen Shipyards has delivered the final Shoalbuster of a three-vessel order for operation in the shallow water areas of the Caspian Sea.

The order for three Shoalbuster 2709 tugs was placed in July 2017 in a contract involving Damen, NMSC Kazmortransflot LLP and Al Hilal Islamic Bank which arranged the Sharia compliant financing. The first two, Emba and Talas were delivered from stock just two months later and Irgiz, the third and final example has now joined the fleet.

Kazmortransflot is a leader in transportation in the Caspian Sea region and the Shoalbuster is seen as ideal for the intended shallow water area of operations helping develop oil fields in the Kazakh section of the inland sea. The trio are also viewed as being important in significantly expanding the range of services Kazmortransflot can offer its clients.

A key feature with the Shoalbuster range is their adaptability from the standard design to meet specific requirements of the client. In this example Kazmortransflot selected a higher power rating for the vessels to deliver a speed of 12.5kn and maximum bollard pull of 39.1t. They will be carrying out a range of duties including: towing structures and vessels, assisting ships, navigational assistance, anchor-handling and other related ship duties.

Basic specifications include a length overall of 27m, beam overall 9.1m, draught aft 2.63m and a displacement of 370 tons (50% condition). Tank capacities include 125m3 of fuel oil and 30m3 fresh water.

Propulsion is provided by two Caterpillar 3512C TA/A main engines producing in total 2,238bkW (3,000bhp) at 1,600rpm. Reintjes WAF 665L 5.95:1 gearboxes transmit power to 2,100mm Promarin fixed-pitch propellers turning in Optima nozzles. Steering gear is provided by Straathof/WK Hydraulics and finally a 200bhp electric bow thruster is included. Auxiliary machinery includes two Caterpillar C4.4 TA gensets.

A Kraaijeveld waterfall type towing/anchor-handling winch is included with the towing element containing 850m of 40mm wire and 125 ton holding power while the anchor-handling provision is for 650m of 40mm wire and 125 ton holding power. An HS Marine AKC 185/18.5 E4 5.5 ton at 18.5m deck crane is provided with WK Hydraulics supplying a double-pin towing arrangement and Dromec a 12 ton tugger winch. Accommodation is provided for seven persons in three single and two double cabins.

By Peter Barker

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