Delivery and order round-up

The three workboats from Piriou will operate in Algeria (Photo: Piriou)
The three workboats from Piriou will operate in Algeria (Photo: Piriou)
Another consignment of Damen tugs heads for Rotterdam
Another consignment of Damen tugs heads for Rotterdam
This RAL designed tug has been customised for naval operations
This RAL designed tug has been customised for naval operations
This latest 'Isa' replaces a smaller Shoalbuster with the same name
This latest 'Isa' replaces a smaller Shoalbuster with the same name

This month’s look at new arrivals to the tug world together with recent orders, as usual concerns news with predominantly European involvement but also from further afield of industry interest.

The first, while a delivery of sorts, is in fact the first stage of delivery for a number of vessels from their builder’s yard to the potential market place for final preparation and onward sale on the other side of the world.

Damen’s Vietnam shipyard is one of the facilities, away from its head office in the Netherlands, which offers cost-effective production opportunities for construction of series-built standard-design vessels for stock. The shipment, or ‘strategic positioning’ as Damen call it of these stock vessels to the potential market area is an operation carried out in bulk and now providing regular bookings for heavy lift vessel operators.

For the latest consignment, Damen once again turned to SAL Heavy Lift, engaging its heavy lift vessel Lone to transport 12 vessels from Vietnam to Rotterdam. The cargo consisted of: two Stan Tugs 2608, three ASD Tugs 2411, four ASD Tugs 2810, two ASD Tugs 3212 and a Multi Cat 1908. The global nature of Damen’s operation is illustrated with it stating the positioning will strengthen its ability to offer products to clients and operators in Europe, West Africa and Central America.

Such operations are regular events now for Damen and it has developed a system of modular vessel cradles which in combination with integrated lifting points on the tugs provides safe and efficient loading and unloading of the vessels.

Still with Damen, one could perhaps be forgiven with a degree of confusion when its Hardinxveld shipyard announced the delivery of the Shoalbuster 3209 Isa to ISA Towage BV (formerly V.O.F. Sleepboot ISA). It was just back in December 2016 that it took delivery of a smaller Shoalbuster carrying the same name but the owner’s client recently informed them that the existing vessel did not have sufficient bollard pull for its next contract suggesting a tug of 50tbp would be required.

It was therefore a straightforward solution to upgrade to a larger model from the range of Shoalbusters, a suitable vessel already in stock and able for delivery within four weeks of the order being agreed, the new Isa is now working on a contract in Germany.

This latest to bear the Isa name is equipped for: towing, mooring, pushing, anchor-handling and dredging support duties. Caterpillar main engines deliver 3,500bhp in total, 52tbp and speed 11kn. Deck equipment includes a 50t towing winch, 12t tugger winch and an HS Marine deck crane capable of lifting eight tonnes at 16m. Fully air-conditioned accommodation is provided for up to seven crew.

Mention has previously been made in this column of Svitzer’s ‘Silver Bullet Project’ tug replenishment programme. Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards was the recipient of the order involving six Robert Allan Ltd RAstar 2800E design tugs designated as the Sanmar Terminal Class by the builder. Sanmar’s collaboration with Robert Allan Ltd has now resulted in the delivery of more than 150 vessels.

Svitzer Avon, final vessel in the series has now been delivered and in operation in the Port of Bristol UK. The 28m long, 12m wide vessel is powered by two MTU 16V4000 M63 main engines each rated 2,000kW at 1,800rpm. Propulsion is via Schottel SRP 460 fixed-pitch Rudderpropeller units in ASD configuration providing 70tbp. A number of modifications to the standard design were specified to meet Svitzer’s operational requirements, including fifi2 notation. Sanmar are also building four slightly larger and more powerful ASD tugs for operation by Svitzer in Morocco.

Most tug deliveries reported in MJ are for commercial operators but occasionally orders for the world’s navies of interest appear. H.T.M.S. Panyi is now in service with the Royal Thai Navy following delivery from Italthai Marine, Thailand. The vessel is a Robert Allan Ltd RAmparts 3200 design with a length of 32m on a beam of 12.4m. and maximum draught of 4.35m. MTU 16V4000M54 main engines each rated 1,685Kw power Schottel SRP 1212 fixed-pitch Z-drive units delivering 56tbp ahead.

The project is the first step in a replacement programme for existing tugs and the Lloyd’s Register-classed H.T.M.S Panyi will provide towage assistance for larger vessels of the Royal Thai Navy at various naval ports. Other duties include firefighting and oil recovery and the vessel has crew berths for 20 people in total.

Turning now to vessel orders, in 2015 the French Piriou Group established a joint venture with the Algerian CCNBH company, a subsidiary of Ecorep and specialists in fibreglass construction. ECOREP-PIRIOU has now secured an order for three eye-catching workboats for STH Spa, to be operated in the harbours of Arzew, Bejaia and Skikda.

Main particulars of the trio are length 13.85m with a breadth of 5.5m and loaded draught 1.7m. Two main engines will provide a bollard pull of 8.8t and a speed of 9kn with a fuel capacity of 6m3 and fresh water capacity 2m3. They will be built entirely in Algeria, a first for that type of vessel with delivery due during mid-2018.

For the final order in this month’s round-up we return to Damen who has reported its hand in a contract for two ASD tugs won by Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltd for Saam Smit Towage do Brasil SA. Damen designed the projects having been working with Wilson Sons Brazil for more than 20 years and these latest tugs will have a length of 24m and bollard pull of 70t.

Director of Wilson Sons Shipyards, Adalberto Souza said: ‘The signature of this contract reinforces the competitive offering that Wilson Sons has for the execution and delivery of quality of vessels, against a backdrop of the notably difficult moment for the Brazilian naval industry’.

By Peter Barker

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