On 2 May 2013 the Dutch company Seacontractors based in Flushing signed a contract with Damen Shipyards for two new Shoalbuster 2709 tugs of 40 tonnes bollard pull. Seacontractors already has an existing fleet of six Shoalbusters, including one 2709.To be named Sea Delta and Sea Hotel, the new tugs are expected to be delivered in July and September of this year by Damen Shipyard Albwardy in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. On the first day of 2013, Seacontractors embarked on a large expansion of services in order to compete in the global market. Proprietor Xander Schanssema remarked: “These two workboats are part of a large expansion of services within the group.”
The Dutch Coastal Emergency Response vessel Ievoli Black has been replaced by a more sophisticed and more powerful vessel, the Ievoli Amaranth. A brand new vessel, the Amaranth is an anchorhandling tug equipped for fire fighting, towing, standby, supply and rescue, duties. Measuring 65.72m in length overall and 1,450 dwt, the tug has MAK 8M32C main engines generating a total of 8,000kW (10,728 bhp) for a continuous bollard pull of 120 tonnes. Controllable pitch propellers and thrusters fore and aft support a DP-2 dynamic control system. Like its predecessor, the vessel is from the fleet of Marnavi Offshore Srl and chartered to the Dutch Government and Coastguard for use as an Emergency Towing and Response Vessel.
The French Voith tractor tug Obstine, from the fleet of Compagnie Maritime Chambon in Boulogne, has been towed to Le Havre to be broken up. Built in 1970 by Ziegler Freres at Dunkirk, the tug was one of a series of similar tractors powered by a single Crepelle diesel driving one Voith cycloidal propulsion unit. The 29.01m Obstine operated in a number of French ports and was taken over by a succession of operators as the structure of the French tugs fleets changed.
Norwegian tug operator Bukser og Berging has placed an order with shipbuilders Vard for the construction of one offshore tug with ASD propulsion. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in first quarter 2015 from the Vard Braila in Romania. Designed by BB, the vessel will be 42.5m long, with a beam of 15m and achieve a bollard pull of approximately 115 tons. B&B aims to have a modern fleet ranging from harbour tugs to anchorhandling supply vessels in order to provide marine services within ports and terminals, ocean towage, offshore work and other complex marine operations. The company currently has 30 vessels in operation.
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