Tug delivery round-up

'Svitzer Eureka' is a twin-fin Damen ATD powered by Rolls-Royce thrusters (Damen)
'Svitzer Eureka' is a twin-fin Damen ATD powered by Rolls-Royce thrusters (Damen)
'VB Volcan' is is one of a pair from Piriou's Vietnam shipyard (Piriou)
'VB Volcan' is is one of a pair from Piriou's Vietnam shipyard (Piriou)
Sanmar-built Svitzer Adira is now operational at Southampton (Sanmar)
Sanmar-built Svitzer Adira is now operational at Southampton (Sanmar)

This month’s delivery round-up reports on no fewer than 13 tug deliveries from three European shipyards for owners around the world.

We start with Damen Shipyards and delivery of two compact yet powerful twin-fin ATD 2412 tugs for Mackenzie Marine & Towage for operation at Bunbury Port in south-west Australia. Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste are powered by twin Caterpillar 3516C main engines developing 4,200bkW driving Rolls-Royce thrusters delivering 70.4tbp and speed 12.5kn. A single 600m3/hr fifi monitor is provided along with a 150t brake load split-drum winch aft and accommodation for four persons.

T&T reported in-depth recently on the Shoalbuster 3512 Noordstroom for Van Wijngaarden Marine Services BV. The Hardinxveld-Giessendam based tug owner was clearly satisfied with the result and has followed this up with another similar vessel named Lingestroom. The 35m long vessel is a triple-screw (fixed-pitch) vessel, powered by three Caterpillar C32 main engine developing in total 2,910kw and providing 56tbp. Kraaijeveld supply the combined towing/anchor-handling winch with HS Marine and Dromec providing a deck crane and tugger winch respectively.

Iskes Towage & Salvage are another regular Damen customer and recently took delivery of one of its larger products, an ASD Tug 3212 bearing the name Mars. Two Caterpillar 3516C main engines develop 5,050bKw in total powering Rolls-Royce US255 PC fixed-pitch thrusters and providing 82.5tbp and a free running speed of 14.1kn.

A 200t brake load double-drum two-speed towing winch is fitted forward with a similar load single-drum winch aft, complimented by a Mampaey towing hook. A Heila HLRM 20-3S deck crane is included in the deck equipment specification and worldwide towing capability of the fifi1 classed Mars is reflected in provision of six cabins for a complement of ten persons.

Svitzer Towage is in the welcome position of taking delivery of a seemingly endless succession of newbuild tugs lately and the Australian arm of the Denmark-based company recently added one of Damen’s more interesting models to its fleet, a twin-fin ATD Tug 2412 named Svitzer Eureka.

The Lloyd’s Register-classed vessel has a bollard pull of 70.7t and powered by two Caterpillar 3516C main engines (4,200bkW total) driving forward-mounted Rolls-Royce thrusters. A 150t brake load split-drum towing winch and 650kN towing hook are located aft and once again fif1 capability is provided by two 1,200m3/hr water/foam monitors. Accommodation is provided for four persons.

Over 200 examples of Damen’s ASD 2810 have been delivered globally and recently Boluda Corporacion Maritima took delivery of two near-identical tugs of the class, VB Sahara and VB Sahel. Caterpillar 3516C main engines once again feature (3,730bkW total) along with Rolls-Royce thrusters. Ahead bollard pulls of 60.8t and 58.9t are quoted respectively for each vessel with a speed of 14kn and 13kn. Towing winches are located forward and aft, two fire monitors are fitted forward and a Heila deck crane provided aft. Fully air-conditioned accommodation is provided for seven persons.

We stay with Boluda with news of two further ASD tug deliveries, this time from the slipways of Piriou’s Vietnam yard in the form of the two standard designs, VB Volcan and VB Tornade. They have been customised to the client’s specific requirements and based at Reunion Island and Le Havre respectively. The 30m long, 70tbp tugs are classed to both escort and fifi1 standards and coincidental with this announcement, Piriou also reported it is now able to offer Robert Allan RAmparts 2500, 3000 and 3200 designs as part of its portfolio.

News from Sanmar Shipyards includes the entry into service of the RAstar 2800 Svitzer Adira now in operation at Southampton, UK. This 80tbp escort tug strengthens Svitzer’s fleet at the busy south coast port, meeting current and future customer requirements. Finally, Drydocks World Dubai has taken delivery of the line-handling tugs Göksu II and Yenicay V from Sanmar. The former is a RAscal 1500 class providing 16tbp from Caterpillar main engines while Yenicay V is larger at 18m length and providing 32tbp. Both employ Veth azimuthing thrusters for propulsion.

By Peter Barker

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