Svitzer adds to its Amsterdam fleet

'Svitzer Amstel' will join the company's Amsterdam operation (Sanmar)
'Svitzer Amstel' will join the company's Amsterdam operation (Sanmar)
The 600m3hr fire pump is run off the port main engine (Sanmar)
The 600m3hr fire pump is run off the port main engine (Sanmar)
Towing over the stern is via a Data towing hook (Sanmar)
Towing over the stern is via a Data towing hook (Sanmar)
The wheelhouse is configured for towing over the bow (Sanmar)
The wheelhouse is configured for towing over the bow (Sanmar)

Svitzer Amsterdam have taken delivery of 'Svitzer Amstel', a relatively new and exclusive design from Robert Allan Ltd built by Sanmar Shipyards.

Built as Boğaҫay XII, the vessel is based on Robert Allan’s RAmparts 2400SX design and joins the five-strong fleet operated by Port Towage Amsterdam BV (PTA), a joint venture company between Svitzer and Iskes Towage.

Like most ports, Amsterdam has a range of tug requirements including operating in varying water depths and different locations both inside and outside the locks and selection of this design reflects the trend nowadays to match particular tugs with the operational profile of individual ports with Rick Broersma, Managing Director Continental Europe for Svitzer Europe commenting: “Svitzer Amstel is a welcome addition to our diverse fleet strengthening our service capability and reliability. With 60 tons bollard pull, Svitzer Amstel has been ordered and built ready to serve the needs of the Port of Amsterdam.”

Svitzer Amstel follows the delivery in 2014 of two similar RAmparts 2400SX tugs from Sanmar, Svitzer Hanne and Svitzer Tyne (built as Boğaҫay II and III respectively).

Built in accordance with ABS requirements, the tug carries the notation ABS+ A1, +AMS; Unrestricted service, UWILD and complies with applicable IMO regulations including Stability Guidelines A749 (18), main engine emissions requirements and GMDSS Area A2 standard. Operational requirements includes the ability to carry out ship-handling in indirect mode and in air temperatures from +40’C to -20’C.

Dimensions include: 24.4m LOA (excluding fendering), 11.25m breadth moulded, 4.38m depth moulded and 5.2m maximum draught. Approximate tank capacities include 84,200 litres of fuel oil and 10,600 litres of fresh water.

Svitzer Amstel is built to Sanmar/Robert Allan Ltd.’s usual high standards producing an aesthetically pleasing vessel while at the same time being both functional and meeting operational requirements; one example being maximising wheelhouse visibility while retaining structural rigidity and avoiding resonant vibration in the structure.

Main machinery comprises two electric-start Caterpillar 3512C diesels each rated at 1,765kW at 1,800 RPM, the port engine driving a 600m3/hr fire pump supplying a similar capacity foam/water monitor. Propulsion is provided by two Rolls-Royce US205 FP azimuth thrusters with 2,400mm diameter fixed-pitch propellers in nozzles and with combi-type controls provided for each thruster. Auxiliary machinery includes two Caterpillar C4.4 230/400V, 107kVA, 50Hz gensets, each operating at 1,500 RPM.

The tug is configured for towing primarily over the bow from a DMT TW-E 250KN, variable speed, double-drum towing winch with storage capacity for 135m of 40mm UHMWPE synthetic rope and a high-pull/low speed figure of 250kN (first layer) and 1,250kN braking force. A Data electrically-driven anchor windlass is also positioned forward and provision for towing over the stern is via a DTH 70-130P, 70 ton SWL rotating disc, quick-release towing hook tested to 130 tons.

An example of the attention to detail in the accommodation is the requirement for minimum maintenance including use of durable materials and ensuring surfaces are free of inaccessible corners or open joints that could collect dirt. Two single officers’ cabins are in the lower accommodation along with two double crew cabins, all outfitted to a high standard.

Navigation equipment includes: GPS compass, wind speed and direction monitors, radar and GPS from Simrad with JMC supplying the echo sounder and Cassens & Plath the Reflecta 3 magnetic compass. Svitzer Amstel’s GDMSS Area A2 installation is dominated by Sailor who supplied equipment including: two Sailor 6222 VHF sets, Sailor Sart II search and rescue transponder, Sailor 6310 SSB and an SE406 II EPIRB. The internal communication installation includes: call stations in the pantry, mess/lounge and lobby; weatherproof station on the weather decks and headset stations in the engine room and thruster compartment.

By Peter Barker

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