Delivery and order round-up

'Kilstroom' will be Van Wijngaarden's first Damen Multi Cat (Damen)
'Kilstroom' will be Van Wijngaarden's first Damen Multi Cat (Damen)
The RAL tugs will push convoys of twenty five barges each of over 2,000dwt (RAL)
The RAL tugs will push convoys of twenty five barges each of over 2,000dwt (RAL)

The drive for tug fleet renewal and upgrades shows no sign of abating with 13 deliveries and eight orders reported, most with a significant European involvement.

Unsurprisingly, given the scale of its global operation Damen Shipyards Group dominates the list of deliveries and orders including seven separate new arrivals.

JSC Nakhodka Marine Trade Port has taken delivery of Peter, an ASD Tug 2609 ICE with a single-drum towing winch forward and Mampaey towing hook aft providing a bollard pull of 40.6t. The ASD Tug 2810 Massabi has joined the fleet of Port Autonome de Pointe-Noire. The tug has towing winches forward and aft and delivers 61.8tbp via Caterpillar main engines and Rolls-Royce US 205 thrusters. A Heila deck crane and fifi1 notation via two 1200m3/hr monitors complements its capabilities.

Two ASD Tug 2811s have been delivered, Pioneer was built in Vietnam and is listed as owned by Damen Marine Services BV, current data shows it operating in the Mediterranean. The Netherlands-based Emar Offshore Services is an independent maritime services company operating a fleet of directly owned and chartered tugs globally and recently welcomed the ASD Tug 2811 E-Two to its fleet. Classed for unrestricted navigation it is fifi1 equipped with towing winches forward and aft.

Damen’s ASD Tug 2813 is similar to the above and the builder’s Vietnam yard recently delivered Vincenzino O to Moby SpA of Italy. Capable of escorting duties the tug offers a bollard pull of 83.6t and MLC 2006 compliant accommodation is provided for eight persons.

From the smaller end of Damen’s range, two Stan Tug 1606s have been delivered to Spanish and Norwegian owners. Nor Sleep is now part of the fleet of Gerd Stensen AS while Spanish operator Baleària has taken delivery of Rolon Plata II.

Finally from Damen, the ASD 2411 ASD Nanda and ASD 2310 ASD Isabella II have joined Ecuador-based DLEN SA assisting in bunkering operations for Corpetrolsa’s fleet of tankers, a subsidiary of DLEN at Esmeraldas and La Libertad Port.

Boluda Corporación has a series of eight tugs on order with Piriou Vietnam and the first two, VB Concorde and VB Mirage have now joined Boluda’s French operations at Saint-Nazaire. The OST 30 class tugs provide 73tbp and are due to be followed by vessels three and four towards the end of this year and the following two in the series in May 2020.

Looking further afield but still with European elements, Schottel SRP 460 Z-drives and Ibercisa deck equipment are part of the package included in delivery of the RAL-designed RApport 2500 tug Piaka to Lyttleton Port Company, New Zealand by ASL Shipyards Singapore. The 78tbp tug joins another, slightly smaller Rapport 2400 tug Blackadder previously reported in this column.  Piaka is outfitted for an operating crew of two.

Wärtsilä main engines and Schottel Z-drives feature in another RAL design delivery of note with the RApide 4000-Z3 shallow-draught pusher tugs HB Pirararara and HB Piraucu for Hidrovias do Brasil SA from Estaleiros Rio Maguari Brazil. The pair will push convoys of 25 barges of bulk products, each over 2,000dwt in the Amazon river system and each vessel has accommodation for up to 17 persons.

Turning to recent orders, Napier Port, New Zealand has ordered a Damen ATD 2412 azimuth tractor tug for delivery later this year. To be named Kaweka it will operate along two existing Voith-type tugs. Damen Vietnam has also been contracted to supply an ASD Tug 2813 to SAAM Mexico with delivery due in January 2020.

Next March, Van Wijngaarden Marine Services will take delivery of its first Multi Cat, a Damen 3013 version to be named Kilstroom. Van Wijngaarden has a long association with Damen focused on the Shoalbuster range of tugs.

Another significant item of news concerns Svitzer ordering two ice-class RAL TundRA 3000 tugs with Turkey’s Med Marine to be delivered in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 for operation in Scandinavia and Germany. Finally, OSD-IMT has announced a contract for at least three of its OSD-IMT7402 shallow-draught tugs with PT Patria Maritime Perkasa Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia. They will assist 300’ long barges along the Barito river in Indonesia where upstream during the dry season water depths are restricted to 2.5 to three metres.

By Peter Barker

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