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New Tugs for Svitzer Roll off the Production Line

01 Apr 2004
A recent completion for Svitzer was the Burondi.

A recent completion for Svitzer was the Burondi.

A year ago Svitzer-Wijsmuller , the giant towage and salvage operator and part of the AP Moller Group , announced a massive new building programme that included approximately 30 vessels, the majority of them tugs. A number of vessels were already under construction and several tugs have now been completed, the remainder will be delivered over the next couple of years.

Since that announcement was made considerable progress has been made. Among recent deliveries was Burondi , the final vessel of a four-tug order from the ABG shipyard in Surat, India.

All four tugs were originally intended for operation at the Enron LNG terminal at Dabhol in India, but following the Enron collapse the completed vessels have been deployed elsewhere.

Two tugs, Anjanvel and Chiplun , are operating in South America and Dabhol and Burondi in the Middle East. Built to a design by Worldwise (formerly Wijsmuller Engineering), the tugs are of 32.65m in length with a breadth of 10.5m - powered by two Niigata diesels and Niigata 'Z Peller' propulsion units.

This arrangement gives the vessels a bollard pull of 55 tonnes and free running speed of 13 knots.

Singapore based ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd has been awarded orders for eight tugs of 55 tonnes bollard pull to a Worldwise design similar in configuration to the Burondi . The yard will also build one 40m special purpose offshore support vessel and one line-handling launch. All eight tugs and the offshore vessel will have Niigata ASD propulsion systems.

Spanish yard Astilleros Zamakona of Bilbao has delivered four new tractor tugs to Svitzer Marine Ltd, the group's operating company in Britain and currently has two offshore standby vessels under construction for associate Esvagt A/S.

One of the most significant orders is for eight tugs from the Moller owned Danish Odense Steel Shipyard. The vessels are being built by Lithuanian subsidiary, the Baltija Shipyard.

All eight will be azimuthing stern drive (ASD) vessels of 30m in length overall with a breadth of 11m and employing Rolls Royce propulsion units. Four vessels will have medium speed MAK main engines producing a total of 3600kW for a bollard pull of 60 tonnes. The remaining quartet will be fitted with more powerful high-speed Caterpillar diesels of 4200kW for a 70 tonnes bollard pull. Delivery of the first vessel is expected in May of this year with the remainder at approximately two-month intervals. All eight will be deployed in Europe and Scandinavia.

The new vessels are required as replacements for existing tonnage and to service new contracts in various parts of the world. Svitzer-Wijsmuller currently operate approximately 250 tugs around the world in 24 countries.

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A recent completion for Svitzer was the Burondi.

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