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The tug and barge depart from Ostend (Alfons Hakans) The tug and barge depart from Ostend (Alfons Hakans)
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A tug belonging to Finnish towage and heavy transport company Alfons Håkans has completed the tow of two large gravity foundations destined for a Danish offshore windfarm.

Monopile and jacket-based foundations are relatively speaking, of a different scale to gravity foundations and these two examples, supporting substations and bound for the Kreigers Flak windfarm came in at 10,000 tonnes and 8,000 tonnes. The foundations were loaded on to the barge Boabarge 37 for the journey from Ostend and towed to the site by Håkans 101tbp tug Zeus of Finland.

Thessaloniki-based Gigilinis Shipping Group has announced the addition of three vessels to its harbour towage division aimed at modernising its fleet and maintaining high standards of reliability and safety.

The 2005-built, 62tbp ASD tug Endeavour G and 1999-built 46tbp tractor tug Momentum G both meet fifi1 standards and are to be operated at the Port of Thessaloniki while the smaller, conventional twin-screw, 1988-built 25tbp Anima G will be operating at the Port of Kavala.

Williams Shipping has provided towage services to Marine Power Systems as part of the latter’s WaveSub energy device.

WaveSub is a wave energy device designed to generate electricity by harnessing energy from the continual orbital motion of waves under the surface of the sea and following land-based commissioning tests this 1:4 scale prototype was required to be towed from Waterloo Quay to Milford Docks in preparation for further tests and trials.

The specific construction of the device required careful towing at a speed of no more than two knots and Williams Shipping’s Stan Tug 1605 Wilanne was employed for the short tow with the Meercat RT15 workboat Wiltango assisting the device into the docks. The tow was more than just a repositioning task however as it also demonstrated its ability to be easily towed and safely accessed whilst in surface configuration.

The keel laying ceremony has taken place in Port Elizabeth of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) new bed-levelling plough tug with delivery expected in October 2018.

The vessel is being designed and built for TNPA’s dredging services division by shipbuilder FTC Engineering (Pty) Ltd trading as Tide Marine Shipyard. The contract was awarded after the company satisfied all the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBBEE) Level 1 status and price evaluation criteria.

By Peter Barker

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