Van Wijngaarden Marine Services’ Shoalbuster Lingestroom has become the first vessel to receive Green Award certification for a new ship type, Offshore Supply vessels.
Reflecting the versatility of modern tug/workboats such as Damen’s Shoalbuster range, requirements for the award are based on generic Green Award standards with adjustment to Offshore Supply Ship specific items including: towing and anchor handling; mud handling, ship to offshore operations, wire lubrication, bollard pull formula and other aspects. The award was presented recently to Van Wijngaarden Marine Services by Jan Fransen, executive director of Green Award.
Svitzer has signed a 10-year agreement with Suez Canal Port Authority to provide towage assistance in Port Said and the Suez Canal.
The agreement includes provision of two new 70tbp ASD tugs in a region Svitzer has been present in for around 15 years including operating tugs, line boats and a pilot boat for Egyptian LNG at Idku.
Nicolai Friis, managing director, AMEA, Svitzer, said: “This achievement is a significant step for Svitzer and we see it as a reflection of our global and local ambition to support growth in the region.”
Poole UK-based specialist tug and workboat operator Jenkins Marine has provided emergency assistance after part of the quayside at Poole harbour collapsed.
Emergency piling work was required and Jenkins called in its 1969-built, 26m multipurpose workboat Avon to carry out the work which included adding 14m long steel piles using a vibro hammer to shore up the quayside and prevent further collapse. Avon is a versatile workboat of traditional design with aft accommodation, a deck area of 100m2, a 10t triple-drum winch, spud legs and a 4.65t crane.
OSD-IMT has rekindled memories of the famous 1976-built pair of Wijsmuller anchor-handling tugs Tempest and Typhoon with a new design of compact AHT.
Several variants of the pair followed and following discussions with prospective clients OSD-IMT are filling what they call “a void at the lower end of the market” with a new version designated OSD-IMT7501. “Straightforward modern technology” will keep things simple and effective for the new class of 51m long, 120tbp AHTs. New traditional-style anchor-handling tugs from European designers are not particularly common and Tugs & Towing hopes to report more on this interesting development in a future edition.
By Peter Barker
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