Delivery and order round-up
This month’s round-up is dominated by tug deliveries and contracts signed for two of Europe’s most prolific shipyards, Damen and Sanmar.
Starting with deliveries, Smit Lamnalco recently completed a four-vessel order with delivery of the ASD Tugs 3212 SL Thunggun and SL Irrong. Both are for service with Rio Tinto at the Weipa bauxite mine on the Cape York Peninsular, Queensland, Australia. The first two vessels, SL Lulu and SL Murjan were delivered for operation in Oman in mid-2018 (see MJ September 2018).
Svitzer’s Thames fleet has been strengthened with delivery of the Sanmar-built TRAktor 2500-SX tug Svitzer Meridian. The 25.3m tug delivers an impressive 71.5tbp via twin 2,100bkW Caterpillar 3516C diesels driving Rolls-Royce US255 forward-mounted Z-drives.
Directional stability is improved with addition of StRAke stabilisers on the stern, a feature allowing for a smaller skeg improving manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency. A 190t brake load DMT electric double-drum winch is fitted aft and accommodation provided for up to six persons in four MLC-compliant cabins.
Staying with Sanmar and moving on to orders, Naples-based Rimorchitori Napolitani has ordered a fifi1-equipped, 75tbp Bogacay class ASD tug, a design based on the earlier Ulupinar, Seaspan and Groupe Ocean tugs operating in Canada.
Speaking of customer choices, Ali Gürün, Sanmar project director says: “They can buy an ordinary tug, or they can opt for a quality-built product which benefits from unrivalled experience in a variety of operational conditions and at extremely competitive costs. Here at Sanmar, we don’t do ordinary.”
Returning to Damen, Italian tug owner Rimorchiatori Spezzini has signed a contract for two ASD Tugs 2411 as part of parent company Scafi Group’s fleet expansion plans. The 70tbp pair will be based in La Spezia, an important maritime hub for commercial markets in North Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany and will be delivered early in 2019.
Finally, Damen has secured an order for one of the smaller tugs in its portfolio, a StanTug 1606 for Société de Remorquage et se Travaux Maritimes to be deployed at Toulon in France. This is the first contract between the two family-owned companies and was administered by Reinier van Herel, his last contract as Damen Sales Manager before taking up his new role at Damen as Head of Business Innovation.
By Peter Barker
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