Tug deliveries and orders round-up
This month’s review of new arrivals in the tug world involves eight vessels from two of the industry’s most prolific builders, from the Netherlands, Damen Shipyards Group and from Turkey Sanmar Shipyards.
Starting with Damen and sporting the distinctive blue livery of Smit Lamnalco, two ASD 3212 tugs bearing the names SL Murjan and SL Lulu have been delivered in Oman for operation at the port of Sur’s dedicated terminal of Oman India Fertiliser Company S.A.O.C (OMIFCO). The pair will be owned and operated by joint venture company Bahwan Lamnalco Company (BLC).
They are two of four similar designs for Smit Lamnalco to service contracts in Oman and Australia and it is reported that Damen’s ability to deliver quickly from stock played a key role in sealing the order. The second pair will head for the mining town of Weipa in Queensland, Australia later this year to service a Rio Tinto project. The 32m long, 80tbp pair were built at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam and customised to Smit Lamnalco’s specifications including modified aft deck and the addition of an aft winch on SL Lulu.
An order bearing similarities to the above sees another ASD 3212, Svitzer Glenrock delivered by Damen Song Cam to Svitzer Australia for operation at Newcastle, NSW, handling Cape-class bulk carriers and tankers. Another short delivery of four months was reported with the challenge of operating in high waves reflected in the inclusion of a render-recovery winch ensuring constant safe tension on the tow line including when working in active-escort mode. Svitzer Glenrock’s superior capabilities have been recognised with the vessel being committed to Svitzer’s AMSA obligation and available for emergency assists outside the harbour.
Niron Staal is a specialist steel machining and construction company within the Damen Shipyards Group and it recently fulfilled a contract for fellow Damen company Maaskant Shipyard Stellendam with the manufacturing of hulls and superstructures for two Stan Launch 804s.
Niron Staal’s core competency is the manufacture of specialist steel structures and components for offshore applications so is well-placed to produce vessel hulls and superstructures on an ad hoc bases. Admitting the contract was ‘something different’ and ‘not without challenges’ in particular with maintaining access, Niron Staal state it allowed the workforce to apply their skills in a new way which they enjoyed immensely. The first hull was delivered to Maaskant for outfitting just 10 weeks after starting work.
Final news from Damen reports launching of a new 80tbp ASD Tug 2913 by Albwardy Damen shipyard in Sharjah, UAE for Saqr Port, part of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports. Notable with this news is the increasing involvement of Albwardy Damen in construction of tugs for stock, this example the first of a series of ASD 2913s with another three along and a series of 60 and 70tbp ASD tugs for stock.
Heading now to the eastern Mediterranean, another prolific series tug builder is Sanmar Shipyards with two notable deliveries to report. The first example of Sanmar’s new Gökçay class (RAL RApport 1600-SX) has been delivered following ‘excellent performance’ during trials. Demonstrating there is still a place for conventional propulsion the new class is powered by two 650kW Caterpillar C18 main engines driving five-bladed propellers in nozzles via Reintjes 5.5:1 gearboxes. Twin high-aspect ratio rudders are fitted behind each nozzle and performance figures include a bollard pull of 21 tons and top speed 11.5kn. A 25-ton towing hook is fitted aft with electric or hydraulic towing winch available as an option.
Back in the world of azimuthing thruster powered vessels, the Bogacay class (RAL RAmparts 2400-SX) is one of Sanmar’s most popular models with over 30 in operation globally. The latest example Ocean Kingston Pride (ex Bogacay IX) has now been delivered to Canadian maritime company Ocean as part of its 10-year concession agreement with Port Authority of Jamaica.
Twin 2,350kW Caterpillar diesels drive Rolls-Royce type US 255 CP azimuthing Z-drives achieving a bollard pull of 80 tons and speed 13kn. Accommodation is provided for six persons and an electric double-drum DMT winch is fitted forward with a Data Hidrolik quick-release towing hook aft. Both engines also power an FFS external fifi 1 fire-fighting monitor at the forward end of the bridge deck.
By Peter Barker
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