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20th Volume, No.

22 1963 – “55 years tugboatman” - 2018 Dated 20 March 2019


Buying, Sales, New building, Renaming and other Tugs Towing & Offshore Industry News
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TUGS & TOWING NEWS

KSK K ÜSTENDI ENST ADD TUGBO AT T O THEIR FLEET

KSK Küstendienst GmBG &


Co. KG is pleased to
announce the purchase of a
44t BP twin-screw towing
tug to their fleet. The new
vessel that will be named
“Rade” (Imo 9307504) will
be operated out of
Küstendienst´s home port in
the Kiel Canal and will be
the strongest vessel of
Küstendienst´s fleet. “Rade
will be the most powerful
boat within our fleet and
well suited for coastal as
well as long distance
towages. With this addition
to our fleet we intend to broaden our services to our existing as well as new charterers.” said Klaus
Klement, Managing director of Küstendienst. Charter inquiries for the new vessel can be addressed
to chartering@küstendienst.de . The vessel will be ready for operation by the end of March. (Press
Release) History: She was built in 2003 by Zhuhai Shipbuilding Industry Corp – Zhuhai; China
under yard number 1-392 and delivered to Red Mapleleaf Development Ltd and managed by Big
Fair Industrial Ltd - Hong Kong as Big Fair 327. In 2005 sold to Mew pvt Ltd. – Karachi and
renamed Mehran. In 2008 sold to Seven Mile Shipping Ltd. – London and managed by Caspian
mainport Ltd. – Cork and renamed C.M. Mehran. She has a Length over all (LOA) 26.80m (24.52m
BP) a Beam of 8.00 mtrs and a depth of 3.88 mtrs. The two Cummins KTA50 diesel engines
develops an total output of 2,648 kW (3,551 bhp) at 1,800 rpm. She is classed Bureau Veritas I
HULL/MACH Tug (Unrestricted Navigation)

I CE - CLASS BUOY TENDER OF P ROJECT 02780М, NAMED F ORTUNA ,


JOINS R OSMORPORT ’ S FLEET

New ice-class buoy tender of Project 02780М, named Fortuna, joins the fleet of Rosmorport’s North-
Western Basin Branch, says the company. Ice-class buoy tender Fortuna of Project 02780М built by
Onezhsky Shipbuilding, Ship Repair Yard (Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia) in 2018 is the 13th

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buoy tender of Rosmorport’s North-Western Basin Branch and 62nd of the branch’s total fleet.
With its ice class the ship can
operate in temperature
conditions between -30°C
and +35°C in brash ice of up
to 20 cm thick. The ship
equipped with a crane with
lifting capacity of 5 tonnes
will be deployed for
operation in the water area of
port Kaliningrad. The ship’s
characteristics: class notation
- КМ Ice3 R3-RSN AUT3,
LOA – 22.2 m, BOA – 6.6 m,
draught – ≈1.5 m, speed – 10
knots, crew/special personnel
– 2/5, fuel endurance – 650 nautical miles, total capacity of main propulsion engines – 824 kW.
(Source: PortNews)

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E XPLO RER YACHT L EGEND SOLD

The 77.4 metre explorer


motor yacht Legend
(Imo 7367835) has
been sold with the
buyer and seller
represented by Y.CO.
Legend started life in
1974 as an icebreaking
tug from Dutch yard
IHC Verschure. She was
sold to a private owner
and converted into a
yacht - Giant - from
1999-2003, then laid up in 2005. In 2016 she was delivered by Icon Yachts after an extensive refit
and conversion project. The fully classified Class 1 icebreaking ship was designed to become a
charter yacht that could carry 30 guests without compromising on safety and strength. Her new

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2,290GT interior, by Thom Beerens and Jan Verkerk, boasts both a large dining table and a smaller
dining area inside on her main deck. Legend also has a fitness room, movie theatre and a medical
suite on the main deck. Above, there are several spaces to relax or entertain, complete with a grand
piano and other instruments. The owner’s deck has a helicopter pad on the aft deck, with the
owner’s suite inside which boasts a king size bed, a settee, a bar and luxurious his and hers en-suites.
The other guest cabins are split between the main and boat decks. Outside, a large dining table sits
on the aft deck, with a lounging and sunbathing area, a bar and a barbecue area on the boat deck.
Cranes were also added for launching all manner of water toys. Her top speed is 17.5 knots and she
boasts a maximum cruising range of 15,300 nautical miles at 14.5 knots with power coming from
two 3,400hp Smit Bolnes 308HDK diesel engines. The asking price of Legend has been withheld.
(Source: Boat International; Photo: Robb Report Media) History: The Salvage tug from the Gerakl
class is one in a series of four with Gektor, Gerakl, Diokl and this Dimant. Built in 1974 under yard
number 819 and delivered to the USSR Government as the Gigant.

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F INNI SH OPERATOR ORDE RS ICE T UND RA CLASS ESCORT TUGS FRO M


T URKISH YARD
Turkey-based Sanmar
Shipyards has won, in a
competitive bid process, a
contract to build a pair of
custom designed
icebreaking tugs for
celebrated Finland-based
operator, Alfons Hakans.
This family owned
company, a major towage
and salvage company with
decades of regional
expertise in the Northern Baltic Sea region, has signed a contract for a pair of 67 tonne bollard pull
ice class ASD tugs with Sanmar. The technical specifications and drawings produced by tug
designer, Robert Allan Ltd, include a number of special features to cater for arctic conditions. “This
is a most significant contract,” affirmed Rob Allan, the Executive Chairman of the renowned
Canadian naval architectural practice. Sanmar’s Managing Director, Cem Seven, agreed. “We are
proud to win another custom design tugboat construction tender. It demonstrates that not only are
we able to supply stock designs from an extensive portfolio but we are recognised by the world’s
leading operators such as Alfons Hakans to possess the skills and quality of workmanship and
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advanced working practices to carry out prestigious and complex tug building projects at a
competitive price. I can also announce,” he continued, “that Sanmar will now be adding ice class
tugs into its standard range.” The new pair of tugs follow the principles established by the designer’s
proven TundRA series design but with dimensions of 31.50m LOA by 12.00m beam and an
operational draft of 5.60m. Incorporating a propulsion plant comprising a pair of Caterpillar 3512C
main engines, each developing 2000bkw at 1600 rev/min, these will be coupled to Rolls-Royce Z-
drive thrusters type US 255P30 fitted with 2,600mm diameter CP propellers in nozzles. To provide
the vessels' electrical needs, both tugs have two Caterpillar C7.1 generator sets each of 118kW. “The
development of a major icebreaking tug for Alfons Hakans, is very important for us at Robert Allan
Ltd,” said Dr Oscar Lisagor, Project Director. “We are very pleased to have been selected as the
designer of this major icebreaking tug for an operator in Finland, a country with its own extensive
knowledge and heritage of icebreakers and ice class vessel design and operation. The collaboration
between Alfons Hakans, with extensive practical experience in harbour tug operations and
icebreaking, and Robert Allan Ltd with its long history of icebreaking vessel and compact
icebreaker-tug designs resulted in the development of a very unique and high-performance work
boat.” Robert Allan Ltd has a history of working with Sanmar which goes back to the early 90s and
covers the construction of fast approaching 200 tugs. Continued Dr Lisagor, “For Sanmar, the
contract to build such high-profile icebreaking tugs is also very important – they will be the first
vessels with heavy ice class to be built by them – opening another chapter in their expertise in
shipbuilding and strengthens their position as a world leader in all aspects of tugboat development.”
These new tugs are specifically designed for the year-round service in the Baltic Sea and particularly
in the Northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia which is covered with heavy ice in winter time They
will be capable of performing multiple tasks including escort, ship assist, icebreaking and ice
management and open sea towing. The tug has a unique balanced design that combines good
seakeeping and relatively high free-running speed in open water with substantial escort
performance and at the same time has effective icebreaking capability. Accomplishing all these
objectives efficiently was a major design challenge and has been accomplished through careful
research and analysis of the hull form. “This was a challenging task as just compliance with ice class
doesn’t provide required strength and performance,” confirmed Alfons Hakans’ Managing Director,
Joakim Hakans. “ In addition combining good icebreaking and true escort performance is like
mixing ice and fire, but with excellent co-operation with designer and operator these requirements
were met.” Special arctic condition features being provided by the shipyard include special ice
resistant coatings, a heat recovery system for the accommodation and main engine heating, a very
high level of navigation equipment and Aqua pilot control levers with special crawling mode. A 7
tonne/m Palfinger hydraulic telescopic knuckle boom deck crane is to be fitted but the structure is
reinforced for the possible future installation of a 60 tonne/m crane. (Press Release)

Z UMAI A O FFSHORE STEPS UP WIT H DP2 M ULTI PURPO SE VESSEL

Within the next few weeks, Basque based MPP workboat Owner & operator Zumaia Offshore, S.L. is
taking delivery of a next generation shallow water MPP workboat. Nora B, is a DP2 classed Eurotug
3515 Hybrid built by Neptune Marine in Aalst, The Netherlands. The Nora B is a renewed and
upgraded version of Neptune Marine’s Eurotug 3515, which is already successful in the offshore
industry, to meet the highest quality, environmental and safety international standards. The vessel has
a conventional MPSV layout with bridge and accommodation forward. The Nora B has been developed
in close cooperation with Neptune Marine. “We have looked at the wish list from our clients when
working with our 2712 DP1 Eurocarrier Aitana B and incorporated all of these into the Nora B design.
We believe she will be a true game changer” says Managing Director of Zumaia offshore, Iker

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Bertelink. The vessel’s massive 250m2 wood sheathed afterdeck allows a very spacious and stable
platform for a wide range of requirements, such as offshore
supply duties, diving support, survey & ROV, PLGR,
trenching, mattress installation, UXO clearance, cable
laying, pull-in & retrieval, amongst many more, including
towing, pushing and mooring. Nora B also is fitted with
impressive deck equipment, such as anchor-handling,
towing and tugger winches, pins and shark-jaws before an
open stern with roller, a moonpool, 4-point mooring
capability and a heavy-duty knuckle boom crane. On top
of it, the vessel will also be fitted with a 25ton SWL
hydraulically adaptable A-frame, a platform for safe and
reliable geotechnical and geophysical survey performance.
To be able to deal with market’s demand, the vessel
includes comfortably heated and air-conditioned
accommodation for 9 crew and 12 passengers and state of
the art navigation and sat-com equipment. The main
feature of this all-round workhorse, which is ready for the
modern offshore & renewables market, is the optimal
combination of performance and DP capability alongside minimum draught and efficient fuel
consumption. Her hybrid engineering configuration delivers diesel-electric performance for low-
emission free running or DP1 / DP2 operations, through 4x450 kW generators and 2x 192 kW electric
drives. This ultimately leads to increased DP accuracy and reduced fuel consumption rates and noise
levels. The vessel has a user-configurable power management system, which allows operator to choose
from different working modes in order to adapt the vessel to the client and sea & weather conditions,
using the right amount of power at any given scope of work. Moreover, the electric drives can also be
used in combination to the conventional 2x970kW diesel main engines, delivering an additional
384kW power-boost if required. In this mode the Nora B will have a maximum expected bollard pull of
40tons. Furthermore, the e-drives can also work as shaft generators to deliver the required electric
power of the vessel while free sailing or when mobilizing. Nora B was launched end of February and
has already completed her first sea and DP trials, with very promising results. “We feel that this vessel
is ticking all the boxes we hoped for after years of experience and direct feedback from clients. The
Nora B will sure be the ideal complement to our Aitana B. It is our vision to work together with our
clients for a common goal, and this vessel, together with our crew, will be paramount for achieving it.
We want to thank Neptune Marine for delivering –again- such an innovative and high-quality vessel”,
said Iker Bertelink, Managing Director of Zumaia Offshore. (Press Release)

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C AT AND S ANMAR TO PRESENT LAT EST HYBRID CONCEPT A T T UGNOLOGY


‘19
Turkey’s leading tug builder
and internationally respected
innovator Sanmar Shipyards
has been selected by
Caterpillar Marine to build
the first tug to incorporate its
hydraulic hybrid propulsion
system. Construction is
currently under way with
delivery scheduled for
October this year. The two
companies will present their
collaborative efforts to more than 300 tugboat professionals at the Tugnology ’19 Conference and
Exhibition to be held in Liverpool, England, May 14-15. Tugs represent some of the more power dense
and cost competitive vessels, making them uniquely challenging platforms in which to adopt hybrid
technologies. The engine room space and acceptable center of gravity envelope is fairly limited,
generally precluding adaptations of full diesel-electric propulsion and integrating large capacity battery
packs. The Cat Marine Advanced Variable Drive (AVD) is a patented system that leverages Caterpillar’s
extensive experience with integrated power systems technology. Sanmar, the largest tug builder in
Turkey with over 40 years of experience in the international tug building industry, is looking again to
break new ground. Sanmar was the world’s first builder of LNG powered tugs as well as the builder of
the world’s first commercial remotely operated vessel. Since the beginning of the new millennium,
Sanmar has bullt some 200 tugs at its two tug building yards to designs by its chief design partner,
Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), Vancouver, Canada. The tug model chosen to be fitted with Caterpillar’s
AVD is Sanmar’s successful Boğaçay Series. The Boğaçay 38 will be the 38th of this RAL-designed class
to enter service. However, this will be the first hybrid version. Optimized for harbor tug operations,
this compact tug design provides 70 tonnes of bollard pull and full firefighting (Fi-Fi 1) capability. The
AVD system provides significant improvements in both fuel efficiency and vessel performance through
a fully integrated hydro-mechanical propulsion system. Different from a typical Power take-in (PTI)
solution, the AVD incorporates a planetary gear set allowing seamless clutch engagement of main
engines, auxiliary engines, or both to provide a scalable power installation to meet any customer need
in terms of maximum vessel speed, power, or bollard pull. This allows propeller speed independent of
engine speed so optimal engine efficiency can be achieved, leading to fuel savings of 15% to 20%.
Basically, all the benefits of a variable speed DEP system at a fraction of the cost and size. The AVD
system is also flexible and can accommodate multiple configurations. Auxiliary engines can be utilized
to accommodate low load or transit operations greatly extending time to overhaul and reducing service
costs on main engines. AVD enables straight forward integration of either diesel, natural gas or gas
turbine engines or any combination of these as prime movers, accommodating various levels of engine
load acceptance capability and engine speed regimes. As a direct result, main engines can be downsized
in most applications, with supplemental power provided by auxiliary engines. The system provides
inherently high levels of propulsion redundancy. It is fully scalable to meet requirements of a wide
range of vessel types, applications, and power levels. Compared to traditional tugs, the hydraulic hybrid
propulsion system on Boğaçay 38 will dramatically reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions as
well as through life maintenance costs. Given the propensity for tugboats to work in waters near
populated coastlines and in big city ports, the ability of this technology to mitigate climate change in a

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meaningful and measurable way is both promising and exciting. (Source: Workboat.com)

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T WO NYK TUGBOAT SUBSIDIA RIES TO MERGE

Japanese shipping and


logistics giant Nippon Yusen
Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)
announced that two of its
subsidiaries that provide
harbor tugboat and other
related services, will merge
on July 1, 2019. Yokohama,
Kanagawa-based Wing
Maritime Service Corporation
will merge with compatriot
Kaiyo Kogyo Corporation to
form an unnamed entity, a
press release said. NYK holds 100% stake in both the companies. Yukihiro Tatara is the president of
both firms. Wing Maritime Service Corporation has a paid-in capital of JPY 490 million and Kaiyo
Kogyo Corporation has JPY 90 million. The social structure and the business environment surrounding
the NYK Group is dramatically changing, and NYK will integrate the management resources of these
two companies to increase efficiencies and create value in accordance with the group’s medium-term
management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green," the release said. (Source:
Maritime Logistics)

H UNDREDSSIGN UP TO A TTEND UNIQUE T UGNOLOGY 19 TECHNICAL


CONFERENCE ABO UT TUGS

With just under


eight weeks to go
before the much
anticipated
Tugnology 19 in-
depth technology
conference about
tugs in Liverpool,
UK, on 14 and 15 May, more than300 delegates have signed up to attend – 15 per cent up on the

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number at the same stage two years ago for the previous conference. Organisers expect the final figure
to exceed 400. Tugnology is a unique two day, no-frills, in-depth look at the latest technological
advances and innovations on tugs, and tugs alone, and tug owners and operators make up 40 per cent of
those registered to attend so far – with more expected. The global appeal of the event, which is being
held at the ACC in Liverpool, is highlighted by the fact that delegates will be coming from 35
countries. They represent 176 companies, all of them active in the tugboat sector. Garth Manson,
managing director of The ABR Company Ltd, publishers of International Tug & OSV magazine, which
organises the biennial Tugnology conferences, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response so
far. Tugnology is a unique event which clearly hits the mark with its target audience. This is not
surprising, as it was that audience which asked us for a no-frills, in-depth, detailed technical
conference focused entirely on tugs.” Tugnology is organised by the same team as the industry-leading
biennial International Tug and Salvage (ITS) convention and exhibition, which returns to Singapore
next year. The ground-breaking, innovative and thought-provoking papers presented at Tugnology
provide a detailed and invaluable insight into latest technological ideas and advances involving tugs in
the towing, harbour support, vessel escort, offshore support and salvage industry, covering design and
construction, economics and operation. A full list of papers and the speakers who will be presenting
them is available via: www.tugandosv.com As a gathering of industry leaders and top executive-level
experts from around the world, Tugnology also offers an excellent opportunity for making business
deals, networking, renewing old friendships and forging new professional relationships. Delegates will
find themselves in the heart of one of the most iconic cities in the UK. The ACC is situated on a
waterside location near Liverpool city centre, within a 15 minute walk of the Grade 1 listed Albert
Dock – home to the Tate Liverpool art gallery and The Beatles Story – the Liverpool ONE shopping
centre and the terminal for the Mersey ferry, made famous in song in the 1960s by Gerry and the
Pacemakers. Details of how to register online to attend Tugnology 19 Liverpool, including details of
discounts for ITS Club members and joint registrations from the same company, are also available via
www.tugandosv.com (Press Release)

3275 ASD T UG FROM M ED M ARINE TO C OLOMBIA ’ S C OLTUGS


Turkey’s leading tugboat operator
and shipbuilder Med Marine and
Colombia’s towage and salvage
company, Coltugs, signed a sales
contract for a 32m ASD tug for
Colombian operations. Coltugs
belongs to Coremar, a traditional
ports and towage company from
Colombia; and Ultratug, a leading
Tugboat supplier in the Americas,
offering services in Argentina,
Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.
Renamed as Caño Cristales, the vessel is a Ramparts 3200 class tugboat designed by Robert Allan Ltd
and she has the following particulars: Length o.a.: 32,00 m; Beam o.a.: 11,60 m; Depth (moulded): 5,36
m; Draught (loaded): 4,19 m (Above Baseline); Gross Tonnage: 476,2. The vessel utilises two CAT
3516C D Rating diesel engines that develop a total output of 4200 kW (5,632 bhp) with a free sailing
speed of 12.0 knots and bollard pull over 75 tons. Two Caterpillar CAT C9 gensets and one CAT C4.4
harbour generator provide total 436 kW electrical powers for vessel services, including the deck

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machinery. She drives two Schottel SRP1515 azimuthing thrusters with controllable pitch propellers of
2,600 mm diameter. The fire-fighting (FiFi) pumps are driven by main engines. Two pumps can deliver
approximately 2600m3/h. THR Marine supplied electric frequency controlled escort winch with
integrated anchor windlasses.The RAmparts 3200’s MLC-compliant high-quality and great-comfort
accommodation is climate-controlled and includes a captain’s cabin, an officer cabin and three double
crew cabins. The vessel’s general notations are as follows: RINA C ✠ TUG ✠ AUT-UMS;
UNRESTRICTED NAVIGATION; FIRE-FIGHTING SHIP 1; WATER SPRAYING; MLC DESIGN;
GREENSTAR 3, ESCORT TUG; OIL RECOVERY; SALVAGE TUG Her sister renamed as Claus joined
German operator J. Johannsen & Sohn’s fleet in 2018. Click the link and experience a 360 virtual tour
of the tugboat: https://medmarine.com.tr/tour/er54/index.html (Press Release)

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I CEBREAKI NG TUG S ALLO W YEAR - RO UND INLAND TOWAGE


T3500 tugs have been built
in Ukraine for icebreaking
and towing non-self-
propelled vessels along the
Dnipro River and the Buh-
Dnipro-Lyman Canal. New
T3500 icebreaking tugs
enable commodities on
Ukraine’s inland waterways
to be transported year-
round. Ukrainian industrial
and shipping group Nibulon
built two of these tugs at its
shipyard in 2018 and
brought them into service
during Q1 2019. They were designed by the Asaba Design Centre and built to comply with KM
Register’s Ice4 R2 and AUT1 tug requirements. Nibulon operates the icebreakers to transport non-
self-propelled vessels with a displacement of 50,000-70,000 tonnes, in caravans of two to four units
in all conditions. T3500 tugs can break ice up to 60 cm thick while escorting these caravans and they
are also used for manoeuvring vessels at docks and terminals in Ukraine. The 30.1-m tugs have fire-
fighting systems of FiFi1 with two monitors for emergency response. Their propulsion gives these
tugs a top speed of 13 knots and high manoeuvrability. Rolls-Royce supplied the main engines and
propulsors including a pair of MTU 4000 series M53 diesel engines with 12 cylinders in a V
formation that develop 1,380 kW of power at 1,800 rpm. They were designed for 30,000 working
hours without requiring repairs or overhaul, even when operating in winter conditions. These
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engines drive two Rolls-Royce US 205 controllable-pitch Z-drives with ring nozzles with an input
power of 1,500 kW and nominal speed of rotation of 407 rpm, managed by an Aquapilot control
system. In the engineroom there is a D9MG auxiliary diesel generator and a D5MG emergency
generator, supplied by Volvo-Penta. These produce electricity to power onboard systems and deck
machinery. Fluidmecanica supplied winches, tow hooks and a crane on the T3500 tugs including a
feed hydraulic winch with a nominal drag force on the cable drum of 150 kN with 700 m of cable.
Machinery also includes an HLM-250-2S hydraulic crane with 3.4 tonnes capacity and an 8.3 m
maximum radius of operation. T3500 tugs have an anchor tow winch and hydraulic deck crane
(source: Dmitro Udovitsky) Fluidmecanica supplied a hydraulic anchor-tow winch with a drag force
on the cable drum of 100 kN and drag force on the chain drum of 27 kN with capacity to hold 150 m
of cable. The FiFi systems were supplied by Fire Fighting Systems and have a capacity of 375 m3/hr
for supplying water up to 100 m to extinguish fire on other vessels and onshore. These T3500
tugboats were the first ships built after a large-scale reconstruction of Nibulon’s shipyard in 2017-
2018. Since their delivery, Nibulon has built four POSS-115 series tugs for escorting non-self-
propelled vessels along the Dnipro River and the Buh-Dnipro-Lyman Canal. The first of this series,
Nibulon-8, was completed and in February 2019. Three others were under construction in Q1 and
Q2 2019. The fourth of these tugs, Nibulon-11, was launched in March 2019. Their main engines,
supplied by Mitsubishi, have a total power capacity of 1,880 kW. They produce a top speed of 11
knots by driving Rolls-Royce-supplied rudder-propellers. T3500 particulars Type: icebreaking inland
towage; Owner: Nibulon; Builder: Nibulon; Designer: Asaba Design Centre; Length oa: 30.1 m;
Width: 11.4 m; Draught: 3.4 m; Speed: 13 knots; Main engines: 2 x MTU 12 V4000 M53; Propulsors:
2 x Rolls-Royce US 205 Z-drives; Crew: 11 (Source: Tug Technology and Business Photo: Nibulon)

K IRBYSELECTS F URUNO ELECTRONICS FO R NEXT - G ENERATION


TOWBOATS
Kirby Inland Marine has selected
Furuno as the electronics of
choice for its new generation of
Subchapter M towboats. The first
of three new vessels, M/V Bailey,
will soon enter service into the
Kirby fleet of over 300 towboats
and nearly 1,000 inland barges
operating in U.S. waters. The
bridge features state-of-the-art
Furuno electronics such as high-
powered radar, GPS, AIS, depth
sensors and more. This 88-foot
towboat was built at the Main
Iron Works facility in Houma,
La., and has been designed from the keel up to comply with recently implemented Subchapter M
requirements. U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations now in place apply to any U.S. flagged
towing vessel over 26 feet in length, or any vessel under 26 feet that is carrying oil or any other
potentially hazardous material. These mandates, along with existing regulations, stipulate minimum
requirements for navigation and operational equipment, and Kirby looked to Furuno and electronics
installer Inland Gulf Marine to fill these critical roles. At the heart of the electronics selected by
Kirby and Inland Gulf Marine are two 12-kW Furuno FAR2117BB radars. The FAR2117BB delivers

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Furuno's target detection and sophisticated signal processing techniques, developed over decades of
experience and thousands of commercial marine applications. Furuno's FA170 AIS and GP33 GPS
Navigator feed position and AIS information to the ship's navigation systems. The Furuno 235DT
depth sensor provides precise information, and the RD33 Navigation Data Organizer can display this
high-accuracy data along with other information sets. Accommodations for up to eight crew and
passengers means this new generation of towboats is subject to further Subchapter M regulations.
Additional safety measures must be in place on vessels with overnight accommodations and
alternating watches when pulling, pushing or hauling, and among these is a system to detect when a
master or mate becomes incapacitated. Referred to as a pilothouse alerter system, Kirby and Inland
Gulf Marine chose the Furuno BR500 BNWAS to fill this need. The BR500 monitors the pilot's
presence in the wheelhouse. If the pilot is unable to interact with the system within predefined
periods of time, crewmembers will be notified, and appropriate actions can be taken to secure the
safe operation of the vessel. Based in Houston, Texas, Kirby Corp. operates the largest inland and
offshore tank barge fleet in the U.S., operating on our inland waterways and along all three
coastlines, plus Alaska, and Hawaii. Inland Gulf Marine is an Elite Furuno dealer and ABS-approved
service provider located in La Porte, Texas. (Source: Professional Mariner)

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K OTUG S MIT TOWAGE ASSI STED A LLSEAS STRINGER AND BU MBLEBEE


IN THE PORT OF R OTTERDAM
Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit,
the largest construction
vessel in the world,
arrived in the port of
Rotterdam to prepare
itself for upcoming
topsides lift works. The
preparations included the
removal of the pipelaying
stinger. When Pioneering
Spirit is required for topsides lift work, the pipelaying stinger will be removed from the bow section
of the vessel and stored on the purpose-built barge, Bumblebee. Kotug Smit Towage provided
various towage services for the removal of the stinger. This included among others the
transportation of the barge ‘Bumblebee’ to the Alexiahaven, where the mooring wires for Bumblebee
were prepared. Thereafter, Bumblebee was manoeuvred in the slot of the Pioneering Spirit to
transfer the stinger on the barge. As soon as the stinger was dismantled and transferred on the
Bumblebee, the barge was manoeuvred very carefully out of the slot of Pioneering Spirit. Kotug Smit
Towage prepared and assisted the transport of Bumblebee to the Waalhaven, where RT Adriaan,
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Thamesbank and several other tugs faced challenging circumstances in the confined space, combined
with the width of the stinger. The transport was coordinated by a tow master of Kotug
International. A well-prepared cooperation between experienced crews and tow master resulted in a
safe and swift towage operation. (Press Release)

ALP LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE


ALP has launched her
new website. With an
up-dated design and
improved usability the
new ALP website is
ready for the Future and
better supports the way
that ALP wants to
position herself in the
market. Promoting
high- quality, cost-
effective services. (Press Release)

ACCIDENTS – SALVAGE NEWS


T WO INJURED IN ENGINE ROOM FI RE

The "Ocean Constructor"


suffered a fire in engine room
on March 13, 2019, at 9.55
a.m. in the Gulf of Mexico,
while laying two pipelines at
the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field
in the Campeche Sound. There
were 181 people on board,
including construction
personnel and 25 crew
members. The assistance was
coodinated by the SEMAR,
and a Black Hawk helicopter
was deployed to take workers
off the vessel. All non-essential
personnel, on the whole 130
people, were transferred to
different platforms of the Ku
Maloob Zaap complex within
four hours. Two of them
suffered minor injuries but did not have to be hospitalized. The crew remained on board to fight fire
with the help of the offshore vessels "Cosmos", "Bucaner" and "Don Miguel" and the patrol boats
"Tenochtitlán" and "Chichen Itzá" of the Navy as well as the "MLB 104" of Textron Marine. The fire
was under control at 12.45 p.m. The pipeline laying work started on Jan 16 and was due to end on

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April 16. Pipe laying ship Ocean Constructor, IMO 7814424, GT 9640, built 1980, flag Vanuatu,
owner Ocean Constructor Holding LLC. (Source: Vesseltracker; Photo: Novedades de Campeche)

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G RANDE A MERI CA FIRE , B AY OF B ISCAY . EMSA COMMUNIQUÉ

Following the fire on


board the vehicle carrier
Grande America which
subsequently sank on 12
March in the Bay of
Biscay, the European
Maritime Safety Agency
(EMSA) has been
providing emergency
assistance at the request of
the French authorities. It
was reported that Grande
America, a vehicle carrier
with container capacity
(IMO 9130937, 56 642 gt, built 1997, Italian flagged) had been carrying 15,000 tons of cargo (860
tons of which were dangerous goods) and approximately 2,478 tons of bunkers (comprising 197 tm
gas oil / 2,211 tm fuel oil / 70 tm lube oil). EMSA received a report alerting it of… the incident via
the EU vessel traffic monitoring and information system SafeSeaNet*. EMSA’s CleanSeaNet** satellite
service was activated by the French authorities to support in the detection of oil spills, lost
containers and wreckage. Both SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and optical acquisitions have been
provided. In addition to the detection of containers, the images identified an oil spill. It has been
reported by EMSA that CleanSeaNet satellite services will continue to monitor the area of the
incident over the coming days to track the evolution of the spill and localisation of containers. Two
of EMSA’s standby oil spill response vessels have been prepared for deployment and were scheduled
to be on site towards the end of week (16 March). The platform supply vessel VN Partisan has on
board standard equipment arrangement for mechanical recovery of oil. Such an arrangement
comprises sweeping arms, an offshore boom, and high capacity skimmer system. It is supported by
radar-based oil slick detection and a remotely piloted aircraft system (quadcopter) operated by a
trained pilot. The heated storage capacity of the vessel for recovered oil is 1,000 m3. Another oil
pollution recovery vessel, Ria de Vigo, also has on board similar equipment to VN Partisan and with
heated storage capacity for recovered oil of 1,500 m3. (Source: Ports & Ships)

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GRIMALDI’ S CONRO SHI P IN TROUBLE IN E NGLI SH C HANNEL ?


Ro-ro-cargo ship Grande
Roma seems to be in
trouble in English
Channel since early
morning Mar 17 east of
Isle of Wight, while en
route from Antwerp to
Southampton, ETA Mar
17. Character of trouble,
if any, unknown, the
ship went NUC, started
to drift. According to
AIS, was anchored at
around 1100 UTC Mar
17. Tug Multratug 17
(IMO 9481752)
approached Grande
Roma at around 0600 UTC Mar 18. As of 0630 UTC Mar 18, Grande Roma status and condition are
unclear. Update: Grande Roma is definitely troubled, disabled by yet unknown accident. The ship
was taken on tow, as of 1430 UTC caravan was approaching Isle of Wight, joined by tug Lomax,
destination Southampton. (Source: Fleetmon)

I NDIAN C OAST G UARD R ESCUES S IX FROM S INKING T UG


On Monday morning, the
Indian Coast Guard rescued six
crewmembers from the water
after their tug capsized and sank
in the Arabian Sea. A seventh
member of the crew is still
missing. The Indian Coast
Guard received a distress call
from the tug Revti early on
Monday. The patrol vessel
Amartya was about 12 nm away
from the tug's position, and she
diverted to the scene to assist.
She arrived at about 1100 hours to find the crew in distress. "By the time [Amartya] reached the
spot, the tug was already sinking and a rescue operation was started immediately,” an Indian Coast
Guard spokesperson told The Hindu. The Amartya launched a small boat crew, which rescued six of
the Revti's crewmembers from the water and brought them safely on board. The seventh remains
missing, and an aerial and surface search continues. The survivors have been identified as Saleem
Siddiqui (40), Rashid Sorathia (38), Shanu Kumar (19), Tonoy Chalak (22), Dilip Yadav (29), Ramesh
Keni (55) and Abdul Azeez (53), and all are reportedly in stable condition. The Amartya brought
them to shore at Mumbai and delivered them to the Yellow Gate Police Station for debriefing. The
cause of the incident is under investigation. (Source: Marex)

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F REIGHTER ALLIDED WIT H QUAY


On March 17, 2019, at 1:30
a.m. the "Tornes', coming from
Aalesund, allided with a quay
upon entering the port of
Rørvik, No one was injured in
the incident. The ship, which
carried sea salt, suffered severe
bow damage above the
waterline. Investigations have
been launched , and a police
patrol webt on board. The
Norwegian Maritime
Directorate was also notified
and carried out further investigations. There was no suspicion of drugs having contributed to the
accident. (Source: Vesseltracker; Photo; A. Skjevelnes)

F IRE B REAKS O UT A BOARD USS D EVASTATOR


A fire broke out aboard the mine
countermeasures ship USS
Devastator (MCM 6) while the
ship was pierside at Naval
Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain
at approximately 8 p.m. local,
March 14, the U.S. Navy said. No
personnel injuries were reported.
The ship declared the fire out at
approximately 9 p.m. local, and
Sailors continued to cool hot
spots to prevent a reflash. The
extent of the damage is being
assessed, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Sailors aboard Devastator, USS Sentry
(MCM 3), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Dextrous (MCM 13), and USS Whirlwind (PC 11), as well as
the NSA Bahrain Fire Department, responded to the fire. Devastator is one of 21 forward-deployed
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ships to the U.S. 5th Fleet. U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square
miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian
Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait
of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. (Source:
MarineLink)

DISASTER REMEMBER TODAY


SS K OOMBANA 20 T H M ARCH 1912
SS Koombana was a late
Edwardian-era passenger, cargo
and mail carrying steamship.
From March 1909 to March
1912, she operated coastal liner
services between Fremantle,
Western Australia and various
ports in the northwest of that
State. She is best known for
disappearing at an unknown
location north of Port Hedland,
Western Australia, during a
tropical cyclone on 20 March
1912, killing 74 passengers and 76 crew; in total, 150 people died. Other than a small quantity of
wreckage, no trace was ever found of the ship, which was presumed sunk along with several other
vessels during the same storm. At least a further 15 people died in other ships and near the cyclone.
As accurate passenger lists were not kept at the time, the exact number of deaths is not known;
however, all on board are presumed to have perished. The loss was almost certainly Australia's
worst weather-related maritime disaster in the twentieth century.In her short career, Koombana
also played a significant role in the public life of Western Australia. In April/May 1909, she carried
the Premier of Western Australia, Newton Moore, on a tour of the northwest, which included the
official opening of the jetty at Port Hedland, now the highest tonnage port in Australia. Koombana
was also the first ship to berth at that jetty. In November 1910, Koombana was part of a welcoming
flotilla of vessels at Broome, Western Australia for the inaugural arrival in Australia of the Royal
Australian Navy's first two destroyers, Parramatta and Yarra. Twelve months later, in Fremantle,
she was the subject of a divisive industrial dispute that had nationwide implications. Additionally,
the loss of Koombana, and the associated withdrawal of her owner, the Adelaide Steamship
Company, from the northwest coastal trade, was a major impetus for the early development of the
State Shipping Service of Western Australia, which was to dominate that trade for the rest of the
twentieth century. Koombana left Port Hedland for Broome on the morning of Wednesday, 20
March 1912 with a fresh north easterly blowing, followed by the SS Bullarra, which had recently
returned to the north-west passenger and cargo trade. Before departing, her master, Captain Allen,
had reported a falling barometer and suggested that the voyage may take longer than normal.
However, he and Captain Upjohn, master of Bullarra, had decided in conversation prior to departure
that there was nothing in it, and neither of them had expected to encounter such a blow as was later
recorded in Bullarra's log book as "A Howling Hurricane". Several hours after departing, the two
ships altered course as a heavy north easterly gale set in and they became separated. The storm
increased and Bullarra suffered damage but was able to limp into Cossack. She later returned to Port
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Hedland minus her smokestack reporting that the eye of the cyclone had passed directly over.
Koombana was not seen again. A steel sailing ship, Crown of England, was wrecked on Depuch
Island with another vessel, Concordia beached nearby. Several lighter vessels and pearling luggers
were also sunk or wrecked. The cyclone crossed the coast two days later on 22 March just west of
Balla Balla, a minor port for the Whim Creek copper mines. Damage was reported for more than
200 kilometres along the coast. After the ship became overdue in Broome several days later, public
concern was raised and a
search organised. On 2 April
one of the search ships
steamed through a quantity of
wreckage about 25 nautical
miles (46 km) north of Bedout
Island and 100 km offshore.
In the end, the only wreckage
recovered from Koombana
was part of a starboard bow
planking of a motor launch, a
state-room door, and panel
from the promenade deck,
two planks for covering tanks
of lifeboats, and some air tanks. Apart from the air tanks, which were found on the mainland, all of
the recovered wreckage was picked up at sea. The full story of the ss. Koombana can be read on
Wikipedia HERE (Photo top ss Koombana bottom ss Bullarra)

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OFFSHORE NEWS
B IG L IFT S HIPPING AND C HUNG Y ANG S HIPPING COOPERATE IN HEAVY
TRANSPORT

Recently, BigLift Shipping and Chung Yang Shipping agreed to cooperate in heavy transport
shipping. Their four heavy transport vessels will be commercially operated by BigLift Shipping.
With this combination of two pairs of sisterships – BigLift Barentsz and BigLift Baffin and CY
Interocean I and CY Interocean II – the companies are ready to meet the future demands in the LNG,
Oil and Gas markets and the renewable market and will adhere to the highest QHSE standards. The
vessels are almost similar with respect to deck space, however, the CY vessels’ depth is less, enabling
BigLift and Chung Yang to handle an even wider range of port locations in respect of water depth

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and quay heights. With the combined fleet more flexibility and availability can be offered to a
market of challenging heavy
transport projects. Both Chung
Yang and BigLift Shipping will
provide technical and operational
support in the early stages of the
projects, providing customers with
engineered and tailor-made
solutions in the various project
phases. (Press Release)

I SLAND O FFSHORE SECURES MO RE WELL INTERVENTION WORK WITH


E QUINOR
Norwegian offshore shipping
company Island Offshore and TIOS
will continue as suppliers of light
well intervention services (LWI) for
Equinor, with a new agreement
signed for the use of Island
Wellserver vessel. The vessel has
been working for Equinor, former
Statoil, since April 2009, and by
starting the new contract in 2020
Island Wellserver will be into its
twelfth year for the same client, the
vessel owner said on Monday. The
new agreement implies that Equinor
extends the existing contract with
one year, with options for 3×1
additional years. This will give Island Wellserver continuous work for a minimum of 200 days a year,
equivalent to today’s contract. “The last few years have really put us to the test, but as owner and
operator within light well intervention we have asserted that this segment is viable. This contract
proves that our services are needed,” states Managing Director of Island Offshore Management,
Håvard Ulstein. “We are very pleased to obtain renewed trust with Equinor, and we are confident
that we will keep the vessel in operation for more than 200 days a year on the Norwegian continental
shelf.” In 2018, Island Offshore and TechnipFMC entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to
deliver RLWI services on a worldwide basis. At the same time TechnipFMC acquired a 51% stake in
Island Offshore’s wholly owned subsidiary, Island Offshore Subsea. This company is now named
TIOS and is the contracting party with Equinor, while Island Offshore is the supplier of vessel with
maritime crew. Vessels for light well intervention, also called mobile offshore units (MOU), are
important tools to increase the recovery from oil wells in service. According to Island Offshore, not
only are they safer, but they are also more efficient and cost-effective than conventional rigs. Since
the start-up Island Wellserver has carried out more than 250 well interventions. (Source: Offshore
Energy Today)

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L OCAL OSV OPERATORS SET TO SH I NE

Charlie Hockless, head of the Singapore office at international


maritime market analysts VesselsValue, looks at the dangers and
opportunities ahead for the Asian OSV market in the latest issue of
International Tug & OSV (IT&O). Once upon a time, the big offshore
market players revelled and partied all night long in Southeast Asia,
until the lights came on and left many squinting in a cold reality.
Blind, overconfident investment and speculative shipbuilding meant
chaos ensued when the market inevitably fell. Lenders, themselves
caught up in the festivities, were then reluctant to reach agreements.
Having no Chapter 11 equivalent and no consolidations to help
conceal the damage, everyone was left exposed, facing bankruptcy.
Out of the ashes has risen a healthy emergence of local performers.
Kim Heng Offshore and Eastern Navigation have waltzed in on the remaining bargain OSVs
available. Uniquely free from the shackles of big business debt, these companies are set to shine with
the convenience of such valuable resources. Companies like these are best prepared to benefit from
any upturn. These companies have healthy balance sheets, working vessels and no debt. They’re
primed and ready to take advantage. On the horizon lurk the dark and heavy clouds of
decommissioning. Wood Mackenzie has reported that the region is set to face a bill of more than
US$100m. As if expecting summer to last forever, the group believes stakeholders are unprepared.

Harsh lessons in cost reduction are set to be learned, mainly from the North Sea. Silver linings are
abundant for OSV businesses and others who are best placed to reap the rewards from future

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decommissioning contracts. Hockless’ full report is in the March/April issue of IT&O, which was
published on 10 May. (Source: IT&O)

S HEARWATER G EO S ERVI CES TO SHOOT SEI SMI C FOR T URKISH TPAO


Turkish national oil and gas
company TPAO has awarded a
seismic acquisition and depth
processing contract to marine
seismic company Shearwater
GeoServices. Shearwater
GeoServices said on Tuesday
that the survey would cover
an area of 20 thousand square
kilometers, and would include
fast track processing, followed
by full-time depth processing.
The Oslo-listed seismic
specialist will begin work
under the TPAO contract in the second quarter of the year, using the Polar Empress vessel. Irene
Waage Basili, the CEO of Shearwater GeoServices: “We are very pleased to see the Polar Empress
contracted by TPAO for this 14-streamer survey, following on from efficient operations elsewhere
completing ahead of schedule. Achieving operational efficiency within each project and maximizing
utilization over a program of projects is key to our results.” Latest Polar Empress’ AIS data provided
by MarineTraffic, and dated March 16, 2019 shows the vessel was last week sailing in the Red Sea,
between Sudan and Saudi Arabia. (Source: Offshore Energy Today)

NKT N AMES P RESIDENT AND CEO


NKT has appointed Alexander
Kara as president and CEO of
NKT and NKT A/S. Alexander
Kara, an internationally
experienced executive in the
power distribution industry, joins
NKT on August 01, 2019.
Alexander Kara joins NKT from
ABB and a position of senior vice
president, HUB Business Unit
manager CSE, High Voltage
Products with responsibility for
all ABB high-voltage product
plants and markets in Central and
Southern Europe. Prior to that he has held several key positions at ABB, some with global functional
responsibilities. NKT chairman of the board of directors, Jens Due Olsen, said: “With the
appointment of Alexander Kara as new CEO of NKT, we have found the right profile to further
strengthen our power cable business and to position us even better to benefit from the green energy
transformation and the growth opportunities in our markets. Alexander comes with proven

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leadership skills and 30 years of international business and operations experience within our
industry.” Alexander Kara added: “I am excited and pleased to be taking on the leadership of NKT
and actively taking part in the development and growth of NKT. I am passionate about the power
cable business, and I am thrilled to join the market leader of DC power cable technology.” When
Alexander Kara joins NKT, he and CFO Roland M. Andersen will constitute the NKT A/S executive
management team. Until Alexander Kara’s accession, Roland M. Andersen will continue as interim
CEO. (Source: Subsea World News; Photo: Wim Kosten-maritimephoto)

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R OYSTONCOMPLETES ENG INE OVERHAUL WORK ON ONE OF WORLD ’ S


MOST ADVANCED O FFSHORE S UPPO RT V ESSELS

Work on overhauling diesel


engines on one of the most
advanced diving support vessels
in the world, has been
completed by power specialist
Royston. Engineers undertook
the 30,000 running hour major
service on the generator engines
onboard the 140m long Subsea 7
Seven Atlantic, as part of a
comprehensive refurbishment
and maintenance programme of
critical power plant. The 2009-
built Seven Atlantic is one of the
largest and most capable vessels
of its type in the world. It
operates a 24-person saturation
diving system. The work by Royston saw the Wartsila W7L32 diesel generator No.5 disassembled to
install new cylinder heads, air start valves, indicator cocks, injectors, and cylinder seals. Relief
valves, pistons and conrods, cylinder liners, bearing blocks, crankshaft and turbocharger were all
sent to company’s Newcastle work shop for checking and essential repair work before being
returned ahead of the final reassembly and inspection of the engine. Engineers also overhauled the
turbocharger on the Wartsila W7L32 diesel generator No.3. Requiring 12,000 running hour
overhaul, the NA297 Napier turbochargers from both engines were removed, stripped, cleaned,
inspected and balanced at Royston’s specialist test and repair facility, which features a Schenk H3BU
horizontal balance machine alongside an IRD B5OU-290 instrument as part of a precision

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instrumentation capability to increase balance testing. Following completion of the servicing work,
incremental load testing in line with the engine manufacturer’s specification was also completed by
engineers. Shawn Doering, Royston’s service manager on the contract, said: “Our experience with
the engine and vessel type ensured the work was carried out efficiently and effectively, enabling the
vessel to return to sea-going operations as quickly as possible. “Vessel operators can save upwards of
30% when using service providers like Royston without compromising the quality and standard of
engineering work provided.” Seven Atlantic’s power plant package comprises six Wartsila 7L
engines, each driving a 3360kVA Van Kaick generator, generating 6,6 kV (mains voltage). The
propulsion installation runs on marine gasoil to provide power for propulsion, dive systems, crane
activities and other consumers. (Press Release)

WINDFARM NEWS - RENEWABLES


H ORNSEA O NE CTV S N EAR D EPLOYMENT
Danish company MH-O&C
has taken delivery of crew
transfer vessels (CTVs) MHO
Gurli and MHO Esbjerg,
destined for Ørsted’s Hornsea
Project One offshore wind
farm in the UK. MH-O&C
launched MHO Gurli in
November last year, with the
vessel’s naming ceremony
held this February. According
to Incat Crowther, the
designer, the two 39m long
vessels are the largest wind
farm support vessels to enter
service to date anywhere in the world. Built by PT Bintang Timur Samudera in Indonesia, the
vessels are fitted with a quad propulsion package, made up of four Cummins KTA38 main engines
coupled to four KaMeWa S50-3 waterjets. MHO Gurli has already been approved for transfers in
significant wave heights exceeding 2m, Incat Crowther said. The vessels’ top speed is 30kn and
service speed 25kn, with endurance for 14 days of 24-hour operation and capacity for 62,000l of fuel,
the company said. The CTVs are operated from the third deck, where the wheelhouse and
workstations have an uninterrupted vision of the turbine tower and surrounding working areas.
Hornsea Project one is located some 120km off the coast of Yorkshire. The 1.2GW wind farm
recently produced first power and is slated for the full commissioning in 2020. (Source: Offshore
Wind)

HST S OFI A P ERFORMS S HORT T RI ALS


High Speed Transfers’ (HST) new fast crew supply vessel HST Sofia is carrying out short trials
offshore Turkey, where it is under construction at Damen Shipyards. According to HST, the trials
are being conducted off the coast of Antalya before the vessel undergoes a week of testing ahead of
delivery. Damen Shipyards floated out the newbuild vessel at the end of February and is set to
deliver it in circa two weeks. HST Sofia, for which a contract was signed in September last year,

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represents the second FCS 2710 vessel HST ordered with Damen and is being built to the same
specifications as HST Hudson. It
will be able to accommodate 26
passengers, twice more than the
previous FCS 2610 design, and to
operate in wave heights of more
than 2m due to an extra meter of
freeboard. Additionally, Damen
and HST recently signed a
contract for the delivery of a third
FCS, to be named HST Harri. HST
Sofia and HST Harri will
incorporate a few small layout
changes to the working areas, but
other original specifications will
remain unchanged. (Source: Offshore Wind)

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DREDGING NEWS
R OYAL IHC TO DESIGN AND DEL IVER DREDGE INSTALLATIONS FOR V AN
O ORD
Royal IHC is proud to have been
awarded a contract for the design and
delivery of the complete dredge
installations for two new LNG-powered
trailing suction hopper dredgers
(TSHD) from Van Oord. The two
dredge installations are going to be
delivered for the two 10,500m3 TSHDs
that Van Oord is currently building in
Singapore. “We are delighted that Van
Oord trusts IHC to deliver this crucial
dredging equipment for its new
vessels,” comments Dave Vander
Heyde, Chief Executive Officer, IHC.
The order includes two suction pipe installations with integrated submerged dredge pump unit, four
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additional shore discharge dredge pumps and six jet pumps in total. The installations are custom-
built with state-of-the-art technology and are fully integrated into the design of the vessel. The
pumps are equipped with the latest Curve® technology. The Curve® impeller, with its innovative
shape and blade curvature, ensures that the pumps perform with excellent suction properties over
the prolonged lifetime of the product. This order is a result of intensive collaboration between the
project teams of Van Oord and IHC as the design is tailored to the specific requirements of Van
Oord. The design team managed to find the optimum balance between weight, robustness and ease
of maintenance. This was only possible by combining years of operational experience and
engineering know-how from both IHC and Van Oord. (Press Release)

YARD NEWS
I CEBERGTO DEVELOP DE SIGN AND ENGINEERING DOCUMENTATION FOR
NUCLEAR - POWERED ICEBREAKER O F PROJECT 10510, L EADER

Design and engineering


documentation (initial
draft) for nuclear-powered
icebreaker of project
10510, Leader, ordered by
“Zvezda” Shipbuilding
Complex LLC ( Bolshoy
Kamen, Primorsky
Territory) will be
developed by “Iceberg”
Central Design Bureau
(Saint-Petersburg).
According to the Unified
Information System for
Procurement, initial
(maximum) price of the
contract is RUB
3,134,442,219.12.
Procurement method –
Procurement from a sole provider (contractor). Icebreaker of project 10510, Leader, is intended for
year-round escorting large single ships and convoys of ships (over 100,000 tonnes in deadweight and
over 50 meters in width) along the Northern Sea Route with a commercial speed of 15 knots
through ice of about 2 meters thick. Key characteristics of the icebreaker: displacement – about
71,380 t; length - 209 m; width – 47.7 m; draft – 13.0 m; reactor plant – two RITM-400 reactors of
315 MW heat rate each; propulsion power - 120 MW; cruising range – unlimited; endurance – 8
months; icebreaking capability: – 4.3 m at a speed of 2 knots and 2.0 m at a speed of 15 knots; width
of canal – about 50 m. The competition on the development of permissive documentation was won
by “Iceberg” Central Design Bureau, contract price – RUB 380 million. The work is divided into
three phases with the first one to be concluded by 20 December 2018, the second – by 31 July 2019,
the third – by 29 November 2019. “Zvezda” Shipbuilding Complex was selected to implement the
contract on construction of the Leader icebreaker by the decision of RF Government. (Source:
PortNews)

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T UCO LAUNCHES THIRD G ENERATION P RO Z ERO 7,5 M SOLAS FRC,


THE M RK 3

Tuco Marine Group has added a


new member to the ProZero series
of carbon fibre-based workboats –
the ProZero 7,5m SOLAS FRC
MrK 3. The new ProZero FRC
showcases the trademark
lightweight materials technology
of Tuco Marine Group. Reliable,
flexible and lightweight
construction combined with full
SOLAS compliance produces a
boat which goes beyond the
existing standards and adds a range
of benefits for the end users. Tuco
Marine Group has just launched the SOLAS compliant ProZero Mrk 3 Fast Rescue Boat as part of the
carbon fibre-based ProZero line. With its lightweight construction, operational capacity is increased
– the rescue craft can respond faster and cover more area over longer periods of time. The new FRC
is a third-generation design built around the already well proven ProZero 7,5-meter Fast Rescue
Boat. The first two iterations of the 7,5-metre FRC design have been developed and tested
thoroughly during the ProZero development project for which Tuco received funding under the
Horizon2020 SME Instrument programme. This development project ended in 2018, but Tuco
Marine has continued to refine the project results and implement them in the ProZero series. The
third generation FRC represents the highest level of refinement yet. The carbon fibre materials
technology secures ultra-high levels of strength and durability at a very low structural weight. The
new design presents a very large deck area which will accommodate large payloads or up to 16
persons. New bow and fender configurations have been added for improved safety during transfer
operations across the bow. Typically, FRCs are deployed from motherships where it is crucial to
have a balanced and easily operated lifting system. The new 3rd generation ProZero FRC is
delivered with a single-point hoisting system of the owner’s choice. As standard the FRC features a
single water jet installation, but twin water jet installations are available upon request. Tuco is
planning to follow up on the new 7,5m FRC platform with both smaller and larger siblings. 6,5 and
8,5 metre versions are planned in the near future. Demonstrators are available for testing at request.
With the ProZero series, Tuco Marine Group offers custom designs. Everything is built in strict
accordance with the specific requirements and clients can chose between multiple options for e.g.

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wheel house, steering console layout and much more. Additionally, the ProZero vessels are available
in different lengths and in different widths based on a range of proven and standardised hull designs.
The core ambition of Tuco is to offer ProZero vessels that outperform the current market standards
in terms of both performance, reliability and ease of service. We also strive to be market leaders in
supplying the lightest, most durable and most reliable FRCs. To achieve the best balance between
design customisation and delivery time, Tuco has arranged the entire design and building process
around a module-based system. With the modular methodology, adjustments and customisations are
quick, easy and inexpensive to make. “The module-based design makes it possible for us to offer
clients a relatively short delivery time compared to the market average while providing them with a
product that is tailored to their specific needs. Modularity makes it easy to maintain a very high
quality standard and to keep the high level of reliability that we strive for” says Managing Director
at Tuco, Jonas Pedersen. Watch the video HERE (Press Release)

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