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Damen Maaskant prepares 'Multratug 6' for delivery (Peter Barker) Damen Maaskant prepares 'Multratug 6' for delivery (Peter Barker)

Damen Maaskant shipyard in Stellendam is busy putting final touches to the latest delivery for Multraship, the RSD 2513 tug 'Multratug 6'.

The Reversed Stern Drive Tug 2513 is Damen’s latest model, destined for Terneuzen-based Multraship Towage & Salvage. Its IMO number reveals it as the second in the RSD 2513 series previously named Bis Viridis and identifiable then by its distinctive all-green livery. The “always bow first” tug is due for delivery imminently and follows the first RSD 2513 Innovation currently in operation with Kotug Smit in Rotterdam.

The UK Coastguard’s emergency towing vessel Ievoli Black has come to the aid of a disabled survey vessel drifting off the Shetland Islands.
The survey vessel Ocean Observer (formerly the Trinity House buoy-tender Mermaid) reported suffering propeller problems while around 90 miles east of Sumburgh. UK Coastguard alerted the ETV Ievoli Black which responded to the call and following the standard process of agreeing contractual terms Ocean Observer was taken in tow by Ievoli Black to Lerwick where the port’s tugs were on hand to assist it to the berth.

Albwardy Damen has received a MASTECH design award at a conference in the UAE for its innovative Multibuster 8020 workboat.
The design steadily grew during its two-year long development and while this example is 80m LOA it will also be available in 60m and 70m versions. Features include a shallow draught of 3.5m, ideal for Arabian Gulf waters and the 10 or 20t/m2 aft deck strength compared to the usual 3-5t/m2 allows installation of walk-to-work gangways, heavy cranes or cable carousels. A cofferdam below deck allows steel-cutting and welding on the working deck, eliminating the need to drain or degas fuel tanks.

Keppel Singmarine is to modify a tug from the fleet of Keppel Smit Towage to make it capable of autonomous operation.
The project, co-funded by S$2m from Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority, is aimed at enhancing the home nation’s ambition to emerge as the preferred port of call for autonomous ships. The 65tbp tug will have a “digital twin” to simulate vessel behaviour and optimise vessel operations using the 4-5G network of Singapore-based Telco M1 in which Keppel Corp has acquired a controlling stake. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2020.

By Peter Barker

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