Delivery and order round-up (May 2018)

'Beagle' is pictured here at work in Rotterdam (Peter Barker)
'Beagle' is pictured here at work in Rotterdam (Peter Barker)
'Kabanbay Batyr' preparing for its delivery voyage at Capelle aan den Ijssel (Peter Barker)
'Kabanbay Batyr' preparing for its delivery voyage at Capelle aan den Ijssel (Peter Barker)

Eight tug deliveries and one order are reported this month including news of four and fifteen vessel series orders for operation in the Caspian Sea and Indonesia.

At the Foxhol the Netherlands facility of De Hoop Shipyard progress is reported with a series of four new design, 40tbp ASD harbour tugs for Caspian Offshore Construction of Kazakhstan. At the time of writing, first of the series Kabanbay Batyr was on its delivery trip to Azov.

Prior to launching, and due to extremely high water when De Hoop’s Lobith shipyard was threatened with flooding, hull number four was transferred to higher ground by floating crane where assembly continued, an operation described as successful by the shipyard.

Still in Europe, we review two Damen deliveries. Since formation of the new venture Kotug Smit Towage involving their north-west Europe harbour operations, additions have been made to the fleet and following delivery of the 80tbp ASD 2913 tugs Rotterdam and Southampton two more new tugs have joined Kotug Smit. The versatility of its fleet is evident in the choice of ATD 2412 Twin Fin tractor tugs of 72tbp with the names Buffalo and Beagle. Ordered in May 2017 and January 2018 respectively, Beagle had a very short delivery time, handed over on 16 March 2018.

Turkish shipbuilder Med Marine reports two deliveries and one order this month including two Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) RAmparts tugs delivered to domestic and overseas clients. As well as a shipbuilder, Med Marine is also a towage and pilotage service provider and the RAmparts 2300-MM Med XXV has now joined the affiliated company Med Marine Pilotage & Towage.

With a length of 23m and beam 10.9m Med XXV is powered by Caterpillar 3512C main engines developing 2,760bKw in total, driving Schottel SRP340 thrusters with a bollard pull of 50 tons. SEC Groningen supplied an anchor/towing winch forward and towing winch aft, other features include fifi1 capability and MLC-compliant accommodation for six persons. Med XXV is the second of six RAmparts 2300-MM tugs for Med Marine.

The second delivery involves another RAL design, a 22.5m harbour and coastal tug for Beirut Pilotage Station. MTU provide two 12V4000M61R main engines developing 2,280kW in total driving Promarin propellers and a bollard pull of 40 tons. Caterpillar supplied two gensets and Masson the reverse reduction gearboxes with Marsis supplying the fire-fighting system. Accommodation is provided for six persons.

Tugs & Towing recently reported delivery by Sanmar Shipyards of the RAL-designed VectRA 3000 VSP-powered tug Arie A to Italian tug owner Tripmare Spa for operation in the Israeli port of Ashdod. It has now been joined by a second similar example bearing the name Ashdod. They are designed specifically for Sanmar whose brief was for a VSP tug under 500gt, incorporating high-speed engines, a clutch between thruster and engine, electronic controls and fully MLC 2006 compliant crew accommodation.

Caterpillar 3516C main engines produce 5,050kW and drive Voith type 32-R5 250 cycloidal propellers via Reintjes WAF 843 clutch and reduction gearboxes. Transmission losses are reduced improving efficiency, the drives able to be de-clutched at idle significantly reducing fuel burn. The selection of high-speed engines reduces the space occupied by machinery allowing a finer more efficient hull-form for the same deadweight. Performance figures include a bollard pull of up to 70 tonnes and speed not less than 12.5kn. DMT provide the hydraulic double-drum towing winch.

Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs) are usually outside this column’s brief but perhaps worthy of consideration with rescue towing often on their list of capabilities. Sentinel Marine of Aberdeen recently took delivery of the ERRV Biscay Sentinel from China’s Cosco Guangzhou Shipyard. This 62m LOA multipurpose vessel has the profile of a tug/PSV and offers 1,400kW of power via twin shafts and an array of thrusters. A 30t SWL towing bollard is provided aft.

Finally, significant news from afar has seen delivery of the first eight of a fifteen vessel order for PT Pelabuhan by two Indonesian shipyards. The tugs are all various derivative RAL RAzer designs and will be the first RAL tugs operating from major ports in Indonesia, including the new container port of Terminal Teluk Lamong near Surabaya.

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