Delivery and order round-up

Re-styled deckhouses and wheelhouses are features of the latest Z-Tech tugs for PSA Marine (RAL)
Re-styled deckhouses and wheelhouses are features of the latest Z-Tech tugs for PSA Marine (RAL)
The Damen Shoalbuster 2509 'Murjan 41' is part of a three vessel order (Damen)
The Damen Shoalbuster 2509 'Murjan 41' is part of a three vessel order (Damen)

After the usual quiet holiday period, activity is back in full swing with news dominated by deliveries and orders for Damen and more design success for Robert Allan Ltd (RAL).

Four tug deliveries are reported during the period, starting with Netherlands-based Damen, a notable package of vessels has joined the fleet of Murjan Sharq Marine Contracting Co Ltd (MSMC) for participation in an extensive oil pipeline dredging and installation project in Saudi Arabia.

The Shoalbuster 2509 Murjan 41 and Stan Tug 1606 Murjan 22 (along with a Damen Stan Pontoon 4512 equipped with Damen DOP pump) will assist in dredging a 5km trench and pipeline installation involving pipe-pull and backfill operations. Damen’s global presence is demonstrated with the order, the 30tbp Shoalbuster completed at Hardinxveld in the Netherlands, the Stan Tug a product of its Changde China yard and the Stan Pontoon from Albwardy Damen Shipyard.

Non-European news worthy of mention comes from Singapore’s PSA Marine with delivery of a further two RAL-designed Z-Tech tugs from Cheoy Lee Shipyard. PSA Marine is joint-developer of the Z-Tech with RAL and PSA Polaris and PSA Capella are Z-Tech 5000 versions with re-styled deckhouse and interior. The 52tbp, 27m LOA, LR-classed tugs are powered by Yanmar main engines developing 3,060kW in total driving Schottel Z-drives. Towing is over the bow via a MacGregor hydraulic towing winch (see elsewhere in this column for details of other MacGregor’s tug deck machinery orders); a knuckle-boom deck crane is fitted on the aft deck.

Turning to orders, Damen again feature with the signing of contracts for two ASD Tugs and a Stan Tug. The ASD Tug 2810, described as its “best-selling” tug was recently upgraded to become a “next-generation” harbour tug including full compliance with new stability regulations, a modular NOx reduction system and inclusion of the Damen Digital Platform. An example of the re-designated ASD Tug 2811 bearing the name E-Two is due for delivery imminently to Netherlands-based EMAR Offshore Services. E-Two provides 65tbp via Caterpillar main engines and Rolls-Royce thrusters while DMT supplies a double-drum winch forward with a Mampaey 65T hook fitted aft.

Another popular offering from Damen’s stable is the ASD Tug 2411 and it is from the other side of the world that the next order is reported with the signing of a contract for such a tug with Port Nelson in New Zealand. The order was prompted by expansion at the port allowing vessels up to 280m LOA to use the wharf in turn creating the requirement for additional tug bollard pull. The new addition will provide 70tbp replacing two tugs from the existing fleet and joining another Damen tug at Port Nelson, the ASD Tug 2310 Toia. While standard in most respects, the new addition will have a gangway installed to facilitate crew access in the up to 4m tides at the port.

Finally for Damen, Norwegian Gerd Stensen AS has ordered a Stan Tug 1606 to join its dredging operations including extracting coral sand for the French agricultural industry. Like Damen, Stensen is a family-owned company with previous experience of the former’s products having operated a Stan Tug 1 for 36 years. The contract was signed on the same day the client tried out the tug in Gorinchem and modifications from standard include addition of a towing winch and additional heating systems.

Significant news comes from Turkey where RAL has contracted TOR Group of Companies for construction of three customised RAstar 3300 tugs for Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority. Over 80tbp is specified for the BV-classed trio whose duties will include firefighting and pollution response, the towing arrangements including a winch forward and towing hook aft. The timeline for the three is described as “aggressive” with steel-cutting starting early in 2019 and delivery to Ghana before the end of the year.

Finally and staying in Turkey, shipbuilder Med Marine and Italian tug operator SERS SRL have signed a deal for construction of a 70tbp RAmparts 2500W tug. Med Marine has an established record in building similar RAL tugs with different bollard pulls for its own and national and international clients and this latest RINA-classed example will be powered by MTU main engines driving Rolls-Royce thrusters with escort duties included in its capabilities.

By Peter Barker

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