Delivery and order round-up

Conventionally-powered 'Suri' includes oil spill recovery in its list of capabilities (Towingline-Bogazici)
Conventionally-powered 'Suri' includes oil spill recovery in its list of capabilities (Towingline-Bogazici)
Four new Z-Tech tugs will join six others in the US Navy's fleet (RAL)
Four new Z-Tech tugs will join six others in the US Navy's fleet (RAL)

This month’s round-up of news reveals a different pattern to usual with just one newbuild tug to report but four significant orders involving nine vessels worthy of examination in more detail.

Starting with the single newbuild, Turkish tug builder Bogazici Shipping recently launched the anti-oil pollution tug Bogazici 26 which is due to be delivered under the name Suri to Italian tug owner Ocean SrL as this edition is published.

RINA-classed Suri is a conventional twin-screw fixed-pitch propeller design tug of 26.5m in length and beam of 9.2m with two 1,007kW main engines delivering a bollard pull of 35t and speed 10kn. Deck machinery includes a single-drum towing winch and towing hook, accommodation is provided for six persons and the vessel has capacity for 120m3 of recovered oil.

Turning to orders, Robert Allan Ltd’s Z-Tech series tug was initially developed for PSA Marine of Singapore and has clocked up significant orders for the likes of Panama Canal Authority and US Navy. The Z-Tech may not be a common sight in Europe but is nonetheless a significant vessel worthy of mention and recently RAL was awarded a contract to design a new version for the US Navy involving four new tugs and an option for two more.

The vessels will be built by Dakota Creek Industries and join six other Z-Techs, known as the YT 802 class operated by the US Navy. Changes will be made to the deckhouse to suit new EPA Tier IV engines along with modifications to the fendering system which includes underwater elements for handling submarines. Configured as day-boats the 27m long tugs will develop 40tbp from twin 1,810bhp Caterpillar engines and there is a significant European contribution to these new Z-Techs with the inclusion of Schottel Rudderpropellers, Tugs & Towing will examine this element of this order in more detail next month.

Dordrecht, the Netherlands-based Herman Sr. BV is a third-generation, family-owned tug and workboat company and has for many years returned to Damen Shipyards for new vessels. Its association with Damen was further cemented recently when within one week, orders were announced for two Shoalbuster tugs.

Most notable of the two will be a newly-developed Shoalbuster type 3514 with full DP2 capabilities. The order was announced at Offshore Energy 2018 in Amsterdam (attended by MJ) and will be a significant addition to Herman Sr’s fleet. It will have the usual multipurpose Shoalbuster functions, provide 60tbp along with accommodation for up to 22 persons. The new vessel, to be named Brutus will have a shallow draught capability of just 2.4m at 50% tank capacity, a figure achieved partly by the machinery arrangement comprising four Caterpillar C32 main engines delivering 5,280hp to four separate propellers.

The second order involves a Shoalbuster 2308S to be named Teddy. The choice of this model was influenced by the short delivery time due to the hull already being in stock with delivery due around March 2019. With a bollard pull of over 20 tonnes Teddy will be the third Shoalbuster 2308 delivered by Damen Hardinxveld to Herman Sr.

Ensuring a steady stream of Damen vessels for our regular delivery reports in the future, the Abu Dhabi Boat Show was the occasion of the signing of a contract for two Damen ASD Tugs 2411 for Abu Dhabi Ports and its subsidiary Abu Dhabi Marine Services (Safeen). Another short delivery of three months is reported for the 70tbp pair now being completed at Albwardy Damen in the UAE and they will join three other Damen-built vessels in the Safeen fleet.

Finally, it is less than two years since Sanmar Shipyards announced it latest Robert Allan Ltd-designed addition, the ‘Sirapinar’ class 22.4m, 50tbp compact tug. To date owners in: UAE, UK, Spain and Italy have translated their interest in this Sanmar/RAL product into firm orders (two each for the latter two companies). Vessel number seven is currently in build for the same Spanish owner and the confidence of owners in the series has been further cemented with the ordering of another example, provisionally name Sirapinar VIII for PKL of Latvia. Sergejs Odincovs, PKL chairman cited the quality of Sanmar’s workmanship, a reasonable price: “… and the very fast delivery time (not from stock but really new-built especially for us).”

By Peter Barker

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