Delivery and order round-up

'Papillon' is the first of two Damen tugs for De Boer Remorquage (Damen)
'Papillon' is the first of two Damen tugs for De Boer Remorquage (Damen)
Vittoria hopes its new ASD tug will become a reference design in the industry (Vittoria)
Vittoria hopes its new ASD tug will become a reference design in the industry (Vittoria)

Despite the recent holiday period with the traditional slowdown of deliveries and orders we can report follow-up news of a previously reported order in Europe and developments from further afield.

Tugs & Towing March 2017 reported an order for two Damen tugs for De Boer Remorquage SARL, a subsidiary of Dutch Dredging BV (Baggerbedrijf De Boer) and Iskes Towage & Salvage to service a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in French Guiana. The larger 29m vessel will include a water injection dredging unit, meanwhile the smaller shallow-draught ASD Tug 2310 SD Papillon has now been delivered and at the time of writing on its delivery voyage from Damen’s Hardinxveld facilities.

As well as conventional shiphandling duties, Papillon has emergency response capabilities and is equipped for survey duties and small transports. It was built under French flag rules for operation in French overseas territories with further modifications specified by the end client with assistance from its own consultant Hydro GC.

Adria, Italy-based Cantiere Navale Vittoria offer a diverse portfolio of products including small to medium sized military and paramilitary craft, it has also produced tugs and workboats in the past and recently marked its return to the harbour and offshore tug market with launch of a 26m ASD tug for Skikda Harbour Authority in Algeria.

The vessel, due for delivery in spring 2018 is intended for towing and escort duties in various ports in Algeria. Indicating the yard’s plans to develop this sector in addition to its traditional military products, Luigi Duó, Vittoria Shipyard president said: "With the launch of this vessel we want to earn a chance to become a reference manufacturer in this sector too." The BV classed vessel is powered by medium speed main engines producing over 3,000bhp and bollard pull of over 30 tonnes, accommodation is provided for seven persons.

Canadian naval architect Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) offer a formidable range of tugs marketed globally. While not a shipbuilder itself, agreements have been made with various yards to build ‘exclusive’ versions of its standard designs adapted for specific requirements of both the yard itself and the local market for potential customers.

One of RAL’s iconic tug designs is the Z-Tech, over 80 examples now having been completed or under construction. The Z-Tech is now being taken a step further with unveiling of the ‘Z-Tech Exclusive Design Edition 5000’, three examples of which have been ordered from Cheoy Lee Shipyards by two customers, PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd of Singapore and South China Towing Co Ltd of Hong Kong.

The 27m tugs will offer a bollard pull of 50 tonnes with all the features of the original concept which combines advantages of ASD and tractor design but with a restyling of the deckhouse and wheelhouse.

By Peter Barker

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