The Haifa Port Company (HPC) has awarded the contract for a 70 tonne bollard pull Voith Schneider tractor tug to the Spanish Zamakona Yards Group.

HPC has ordered a tug that is very similar those currently operating in the port but which constructed elsewhere. 

The new tug will be 31.50m length with a beam of 12.50m, built to a design by Voith with an optimised hull-form and improvements required by HPC. Two Voith 32R5 propulsion units, driven by MAN 8L27/38 main engines each developing 2.670kW. Winches and a towhook will be supplied by Hatlapa and the vessel will be fully equipped for fire-fighting to FiFi1 standard.

Marine Support Thames (MST) Ltd has purchased the twin-screw Damen Stantug 1405 Ibex from the Fawley based fleet of Solent Towage Ltd. Built in 1993 the 14.40m tug is powered by two Volvo Penta type TMD 122 AHD diesels developing a total of 600hp to give it a speed of 9.2 knots and a bollard pull of 7.6 tonnes. Ibex has been with the Solent from new and was replaced recently by a new Damen vessel of the same name. MST have renamed the vessel Progress.

On the 29th of April, the tug Cormilan owned and operated by Fowey Harbour Commissioners in Cornwall suffered damage after striking a rock whilst on-route to Plymouth. Cormilan was able to return to its moorings in the port but suffered serious flooding in the engine room. Cornwall fire and rescue service assisted with controlling the flooding and divers succeeded in making temporary repairs to the hull. Cormilan is a 27m Schottel tractor tug of 2640bhp and 35 tonnes bollard pull built in 1981. Formerly the Coatham Cross, the vessel was purchased for use at Fowey in 2011.
Maritime Craft Services (MCS) of Largs in Scotland purchased a new Damen Shoalbuster 2609 in record time. The contract was signed by MCS proprietor Dirk Kuijt on the 12th of March at Damen Shipyards, Hardinxveld and the tug was delivered in eight days. Damen has delivered numerous crew transfer vessels, multicats, and shoalbusters and the two companies have a long-standing relationship. The 26m, 35 tonnes bollard pull, tug was in ‘stock’, the name was changed to MCS Rosie, and the vessel is currently working in Abu Dhabi. Managing director of Damen Hardinxveld, Jos van Woerkum, remarked: "Such a fast delivery time demonstrates the trust that Damen and MCS have with each other, we had the vessel in stock, so it was a case of getting the classification organised."

By Jack Gaston 

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