This month’s look at new arrivals to the tug world is as usual a global affair but with a European accent covering nine vessels, also with mention of two deliveries of note from Malaysia and North America.
Cem Seven, managing director Sanmar Shipyards states: "Highly respected companies such as SMS regularly come back to Sanmar for state-of-the-art tugs proving that they respect our quality standards and appreciate the performance of our products." He refers to delivery of the RAmparts 2400SX (Sanmar exlusive) Superman to UK tug operator SMS Towage.
SMS is clearly satisfied with Sanmar’s products this being its seventh ASD tug, joining Statesman, Scotsman, Yorkshireman, Masterman, Englishman and Merchantman. This one is the 27th example of the design, 24m LOA and powered by Caterpillar main engines and Rolls-Royce Z-drives delivering 4,000bhp in total and 70tbp, it also has fifi1 notation.
Before we leave Sanmar, we will likely be reporting on delivery of two Sirapinar class tugs to Italian operator Rimorchiatori Napoletani due towards the end of this year. Recently Mr Gianni Andrea de Domenico (chairman) and Mr Carmine Malvone (technical officer) from Napoletani visited the yard to check on progress. They expressed their satisfaction, hinting interestingly that cooperation with other future projects was a possibility.
The new jointly-owned enterprise of Kotug Smit Towage has wasted no time in procuring new vessels with delivery of the Damen ASD 2913 tugs Rotterdam and Southampton. Both vessels are for service within Kotug Smit’s European harbour towage operation and now active in Rotterdam and Zeebrugge respectively.
The pair were selected for their high performance and short delivery time and at 29m long and 13m wide have a bollard pull in excess of 80 tons, Southampton equipped to fire-fighting 1 standard.
Staying with Damen, mention was made in an earlier edition of MJ of the order for ten Stan Tug 1907 ICE tugs with USA-based Great Lakes Shipyard. The first example, Cleveland has been delivered with positive feedback on its performance. The relatively small size and high manoeuvrability makes it ideal for narrow waterways and low bridges of the Great Lakes region with one ship pilot commenting that the new tug made manoeuvring easier.
European work practices had to be translated into American equivalents, numerous adaptations needed to meet USA regulations with Joe Starck, president Great Lakes Shipyard commenting: ‘The boat has performed even better than we expected, without the need for the typical “tweaks” that are normally required after completion of a new tug.’
Two further examples of Damen’s ASD 2913 are now in service; Arcangel San Rafael and Arcangel San Gabriel for Meyers Group of Panama. Both are powered by twin Caterpillar 3516C main engines driving Rolls-Royce thrusters delivering 81.9tbp and 80.4tbp respectively. Each are fitted with an anchor/towing winch forward and two-speed winch, Heila deck crane and Mampaey towing hook aft.
Returning briefly to Kotug, its Australia operation recently took delivery of Coral Knight, an infield support vessel now chartered to Australian Maritime Systems Ltd to provide emergency towage services and navaid maintenance duties at the Great Barrier Reef for AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority).
While in the Eastern Hemisphere, Sealink Shipyard of Malaysia recently completed a 32m ASD tug to its own account. Cummins machinery dominates the engine room, main engines producing 4,600hp in total delivering a useful 57.5tbp ahead. Macgregor provide a 150t brake anchor/towing winch forward and a similar brake load towing winch aft.
Finally, McAllister Towing has taken delivery of the first EPA Tier IV tug on the US east coast in the 100ft LOA Brian A. McAllister from Horizon Shipbuilding Alabama. This impressive tractor tug has all the typical clean lines, pleasing appearance and colourful livery of what can be expected in a New York tug. Capable of escort and rescue towage duties Brian A. McAllister (the first of two similar tugs) delivers 6,770hp and 80tbp from Caterpillar 3516E Tier IV main engines and Markey towing winches forward and aft.
By Peter Barker
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