Some months produce something of a drought when reporting new tug deliveries, not so this time around with ten new arrivals to mention, eight of which emanate from Damen Shipyards.

Starting therefore with Damen, one of the smallest tugs in its portfolio is the Stan Tug 1205. Just 13.08m LOA with a 5.28m beam and 1.82m draught it is a popular choice for towing and mooring operations in restricted areas and two of these 8tbp tugs have recently been delivered.

Abu Dhabi-based Six Construct’s activities include: breakwater, jetty, marina and quay wall construction and it recently acquired the Stan Tug 1205 Audrey. The BV-classed vessel is powered by two Volvo D9 MH engines delivering in total 442bkW to Kaplan fixed-pitch propellers in Van de Giessen Optima nozzles.

The second Stan Tug 1205 delivery is Triton for Swedish construction company Peab Anläggning AB. Deck equipment includes a Mampaey towing hook aft, sturdy fendering with a push bow also included. Accommodation for two persons is located beneath the resiliently mounted wheelhouse.

Another popular design is the slightly larger Stan Tug 1606 and recently Toulonnais V joined the fleet of Société Nouvelle de Remorquage et de Travaux Maritimes. Towing, mooring, pushing and survey operations are included in its basic functions and it is powered by two Caterpillar C18 TA/A engines providing in total 894bkW (1,216bhp) and performance figures of 16.4tbp and speed 11.4kn. Similar to the previous smaller Stan Tugs, a Mampaey towing hook is provided aft with accommodation below main deck on this example for four persons.

Turning to Damen’s ASD Tug series, the 2310 variant VTS Ayia Marina has been delivered to VTS Vasiliko Terminal Services, a Cyprus-based company familiar with Damen’s products, operating two ASD Tug 3212s. Caterpillar 3512C main engines provide in total 3,000bkW (4,023bhp), 48.8tbp and speed 12.6kn via Rolls-Royce US 205 Mk1 thrusters.

A hydraulically driven, 130t brake, split-drum winch is provided forward and Mampaey towing hook aft along with a Heila HLM 10-3S crane. A single fifi monitor is located on the bridge deck forward and once again, accommodation is provided for four persons.

Following recent delivery of the ASD Tug 2411 Manxman to SMS Towage of Hull (just seven days after contract signing) a second example Marskman has followed, completed in a little over a month. They are the first Damen-built tugs for SMS, the UK’s largest independent towage operator and the 72tbp pair will operate in the Humber estuary as well as providing coastal towage services.

Completing a story previously reported here and involving another Damen ASD 2411, Port Nelson in New Zealand has welcomed home its new addition Huria Matenga II following a delivery passage from the builder’s yard in Vietnam.

The final delivery to report for Damen, and the largest is the ASD Tug 3010 ICE Aleksandr Kozitsyn for JSC Vostochny Port Russia. Caterpillar 3516C engines and Rolls-Royce US 255 thrusters provide total power of 3,840bkW (5,150bhp) and a bollard pull of 58 tonnes. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping-classed tug carries fire-fighting notation and towing arrangements include a spilt-drum, 150t brake load winch forward and Mampaey tow hook aft: accommodation is provided for eight persons.

Sanmar has reported delivery of a 24m, 60tbp Bogacay class RAmparts 2400SX tug to Marintug of Turkey. The familiar combination of Caterpillar engines and Rolls-Royce thrusters produce 3,530kW of power, Caterpillar also providing two C4.4 gensets. The ABS-classed tug carries fire-fighting and unrestricted service notations.

Last and by no means least is what can be considered a significant delivery from Neptune Marine in the advanced version, DP2 EuroTug 3515 hybrid propulsion tug Nora B for Zumaia Offshore S.L. Nora B (reported in detail in MJ June 2019) is a workboat as much as a tug offering a spacious 250m2 aft deck for operations including: ROV work, diving support, geotechnical survey, mass flow excavation and cable-laying and recovery.

Deck equipment includes: anchor-handling; towing and tugger winches; tow pins and sharks-jaws; moonpool; four-point mooring capability and knuckle-boom crane with integrated winch.

The diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system includes generators powering two 192kW electric drives in conjunction with twin 970kW diesel engines offering different modes to match client requirements including DP1 or DP2 operations. The e-drives can also work as shaft generators for the ship’s systems when free sailing or when mobilising.

By Peter Barker