Delivery and order round-up

Alfons Hakans latest acquisition is a Robert Allan 24-45 class (Med Marine)
Alfons Hakans latest acquisition is a Robert Allan 24-45 class (Med Marine)
Nibulon 101 will escort ship convoys in Ukraine (Nibulon)
Nibulon 101 will escort ship convoys in Ukraine (Nibulon)

The holiday season usually brings with it a hiatus in news, not so in the world of tug construction within Europe with eight vessels to mention along with an order for a Damen ASD tug from Cyprus.

Sanmar Shipyards are prominent this month with news of five new tugs in various stages of progress. In what will be viewed as a significant order, trials have now been completed with four new Bigacay class tugs for Svitzer. The RAL-designed Svitzer Tanger, Svitzer Tetouan, Svitzer Chefchaouen and Svitzer Al Hoceima are RAstar 2900SX variants and will form the nucleus of Svitzer’s fleet at Tanger Med 2 terminal in Morocco. At the time of writing they were on their delivery voyage and we hope to take a closer look at this order once complete.

Mention was made previously of another Sanmar order for a new harbour tug for Port Taranaki in New Zealand. With Kinaki’s safe arrival following a 73-day passage as deck cargo on a heavylift vessel a closer look is possible at this first RAL-designed TRAktor 2500-SX from Sanmar.

Kinaki is just under the important 24m loadline length and is typical of modern powerful compact tug designs, in this instance providing 62tbp and operated by a crew of three. It replaces the oldest of Port Taranaki’s three tugs, the 47-year old Kupe.

Extensive hull and appendage testing at Vienna Model Basin along with in-house CFD testing by RAL resulted in a balance between controllability, manoeuvrability, fuel efficiency and roll damping including the simple but effective RAL/Voith StRAke stabilisers on the stern.

Other specification details include a beam of 12m and maximum draught 5.74m. Two 1,902kW Caterpillar 3512C main engine drive Rolls-Royce US205 CP Z-drives delivering the 62tbp and speed of 12.5kn. Towing arrangements comprise a DMT type TW-021-E250kN double-drum winch aft with 165m of 60mm towline on each drum. Performance in exposed waters is enhanced by a higher bow freeboard reducing the amount of green-seas taken on board.

Staying in Turkey, another shipyard regularly featuring here is Med Marine in Eregli. Two recent deliveries are worthy of mention, the first being the RAL RAmparts 3200 tug Claus for German owner J. Johannsen & Sohn. Specially designed for coastal towage and offshore duties as well as harbour and terminal assistance, it met the client’s requirements for a high-quality product providing flexibility against newest industry trends including reduced dimensions and capacities and providing extra manoeuvrability in harbours.

Johannsen required more than just a shiphandling tug and Claus boasts an impressive 75tbp along with double-drum winch forward and anchor-handling/towing winch aft, fifi1 capability and an array of other towage-related deck equipment providing significant capabilities beyond the harbour entrance. Caterpillar main engines and Schottel thrusters produce an output of 4,200kW.

The second delivery from Med Marine is the 24m ASD tug Poseidon, an RAL 24/45 class vessel for Estonian towage company Alfons Håkans. The RINA-classed, unrestricted navigation tug is powered by Caterpillar 3512C main engines developing a total output of 2,460bkW (3,300bhp) at 1,800rpm powering Schottel SRP 1012FP thrusters. Auxiliary machinery includes two Caterpillar C4.4 gensets for vessel services including deck machinery. Other features include a Marsis-supplied fire-fighting system and accommodation for six persons.

Nibulon Shipyard at Mykolayiv in the Ukraine may not make a regular appearance in this column but has a full order book comprising a range of specialist vessels. It recently announced the launch of Nibulon 101 a multipurpose, ice-breaking sea-going tug with a distinctive appearance and the second similar example in the T3500 project for escorting vessel convoys along the Buh-Dnipro-Lyman Channel. Flying the Ukrainian flag, the tug can operate in 60cm thick ice conditions with MTU, Rolls-Royce and Volvo-Penta among the list of machinery suppliers, it is also equipped with two firefighting monitors.

Finally, Damen has reported the signing of an order for an ASD Tug 2310 for Cyprus-based VTS Vasiliko Terminal Services. The positive experience of the client with two Damen ASD Tug 3212s delivered in 2014 weighed in favour of its return to Damen as the company’s expansion led to requirement for another tug. Additional equipment on the vessel, to be named Avia Marina and currently under construction at Damen Shipyards Changde, China, includes firefighting capability and a crane to handle oil-spill response equipment.

By Peter Barker

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