Delivery and order round-up

'Brutus' will be Damen's first diesel-electric Shoalbuster (Damen)
'Brutus' will be Damen's first diesel-electric Shoalbuster (Damen)
Escort towage in the Baltic will be enhanced by Alfons Hakans two new icebreaking tugs (Hakans)
Escort towage in the Baltic will be enhanced by Alfons Hakans two new icebreaking tugs (Hakans)

Another busy period for tug builders brings news on a global scale but this month we examine orders and deliveries for twelve vessels with a European theme.

Damen’s Shoalbusters are a popular choice among tug owners, a design constantly evolving to suit individual requirements and longstanding Dutch client of Damen, Herman Sr is taking the marque to a new level with an order for the first diesel-electric powered Shoalbuster.

The Shoalbuster 3514, to be named Brutus will be IMO Tier III compliant and meet DP2 requirements and includes a draught of just 2.7m via a four-propeller arrangement but it is the list of roles specified for the vessel that catches the eye, highlighting the design’s versatility, Herman Sr eyeing the offshore wind sector for the new vessel

As well as traditional coastal and ocean-towing Brutus will be capable of: pre-lay grapnel runs, ROV surveys via a moonpool, mattress installation, UXO clearance, mooring, pushing, dredging support and general offshore supply vessel duties. Other features include a four-point mooring arrangement and accommodation for up to seven crew and 14 additional personnel. It will be powered by four Caterpillar C32 engines providing 3,876bkW (5,280hp) to four 1,900mm nozzles and propellers with a bollard pull of 60t.

Staying with Damen, S Walsh & Sons describe themselves as “London’s premier construction partner” active in civil engineering-related activities including: Tilbury Docks, Crossrail, National Grid Power Tunnels and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

The Essex-based company is now expanding its fleet with an order for a Damen Multi Cat 1908 with a delivery time of just 10 weeks after contract signing. The vessel was chosen for its versatility and in addition to standard towing and pushing duties (the latter aided by the high 360’ visibility wheelhouse) SWS Endurance will be capable of transporting construction material and operating as a crane vessel working off the side.

The Netherlands-based Neptune Marine is another builder known for its range of workboats and it recently secured an order for two EuroCarrier 2495 multipurpose vessels from Danish towage and salvage company DBB Salvage, the order influenced by performance of its current Neptune vessel the EuroTug 2710 Obelix.

DBB Salvage is moving away from mainly heavy lift operations to focus on building projects in Scandinavia and the Baltic area and the pair, modified for Danish State flag rules will target this market in particular. Additional equipment includes: twin hydraulic spud leg system, moonpools, A-frames, special fendering and enlarged propellers to increase bollard pull.

Reflection on activity on the European tug construction scene would be incomplete without a mention of Sanmar Shipyards and the Turkish yard has had a particularly busy period securing orders for no fewer than seven tugs.

Renewal of a 15 year contract for Svitzer to provide marine services to Sohar Industrial Port Company has prompted a repeat order for five ASD tugs from Sanmar. The order comprises three RAstar 2900SX Bigacay class and two RAmparts 2200 Sirapinar class tugs. The Bigacay class vessels will provide 80tbp with the Sirapinar class offering 50tbp, the former equipped for towing over bow and stern from an escort winch forward and tow hook aft.

Following last month’s detailed look at activities with Alfons Håkans the Finland-based towage provider is further enhancing its fleet with the ordering of two RAL-designed icebreaking escort tugs from Sanmar. The pair will clearly be significant vessels, Håkans describing combining good icebreaking and true escort performance as “like mixing ice and fire” and general particulars include a LOA of 31.5m on a beam of 12m and a bollard pull of 67t derived from two 2,000kW main engines. Delivery is scheduled for the summer of 2020 strengthening the company’s fleet in the northern Baltic Sea.

Finally a vessel launch of note to catch the eye this month is the RINA-classed RAstar 3000-W class tug Vittoriosa, a product of Med Marine’s Ereğli Shipyard and to be operated by Tug Malta Ltd, part of Italian Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group. The LNG-compatible tug is powered by MTU 16V4000 M65L main engines delivering 5,120kW and a bollard pull of 80t with propulsion from Rolls-Royce azimuth thrusters incorporating carbon fibre shafts. Rolls-Royce also provide a heavy-duty escort towing winch with a Data Hidrolik towing hook provided aft and climate-controlled accommodation provided for eight persons.

By Peter Barker

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