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‘Lewek Inspector’ Hull Launched in Turkey
Turkish Cemre Shipyard last week hosted a launching ceremony for the hull of the“Lewek Inspector” Diving Support Vessel.At the ceremony, Forland Shipping CEO Arne Magnus Johnsen cut the ribbon with an axe, sending the hull into water. The vessel, ordered by Forland Shipping from Havyard Group last year, will now go to Norway, where it will be outfitted at Havyard’s Leirvik yard.
The 110.00 m long and 22.00 m wide vessel will, after the outfitting is completed, start its contract with Singapore’s EMAS AMC. The five-year long contract is expected to start in August 2013.
 (bron nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
Another Newbuld PSV Hits the Water at Remontowa
The next Platform Supply Vessel designed to support offshore industry was launched at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. on 16 of April 2013. It is already second vessel from the series B 850 ordered by one of the biggest Scottish Owners.
Currently, the launched vessel is going to enter the phase of equipping with devices and machineries, cable installation, assembling cargo systems and preparing cabins for crew and passengers.
After completion of outfitting works, which is expected in third quarter of this year, the most important stage of production process – sea trials – will begin.
The trials consisting of starting up the engines and systems will be carried out in order to verify and confirm gained parameters and operating possibilities of the ship.The deck area of over 1000 m 2, 5100 t cargo capacity and speed rated at 14,3 knots ranks this unit as one of the biggest vessels operating in area of the North Sea. Furthermore the vessel will be adapted to fire fighting and collecting oil spills.
The vessel will be equipped with Diesel Electric propulsion consisting of four generators producing a total power of 6800 kWe. DP2 Class – the ship dynamic positioning system will allow to operate even in harsh weather conditions.The vessel is being built under the supervision of Classification Society ABS (American Bureau of Shipping). She will be covered by certificate “CLEAN DESIGN” and gain the “GREEN PASSPORT”.
It means that none of potentially dangerous for human health or environment materials are used in construction of the vessel.
Conceptual design and all technical documentation is provided by Polish design office MMC Ship Design& Marine Consulting Ltd. from Gdynia.     (bron nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
Sanmar to build explosion-proof terminal tugs
Leading provider of intergrated marine services, Smit Lamnalco, has placed an order with Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey for the construction of a pair of 34m long x 14.5m beam RAstar 3400 escort tugs. This design has been especially developed by the Canada-based specialist tug design team, Robert Allan Limited, for LNG terminal operations.
The sister ASD configuration vessels are each expected to have a bollard pull in excess of 85 tonnes astern and will feature frequency controlled electric escort winches specifically designed for operation in hazardous areas.
Other items of deck equipment will also be ‘explosion proof’ even up to the navigation lights. Sensors able to detect gas in the atmosphere will automatically shut off all engine room vents if any gas is present.
These tugs will not only add to the builder’s ever-growing portfolio of available models but will build on its experience with LNG generally.
The company is currently constructing two LNG powered tugs which will be entering service for the Norwegian company, Bugser Berging, before the end of the year.
Smit Lamnalco is the leading provider of safe and efficient towage and associated marine services to the oil and gas terminal industry.
It owns, operates and manages in excess of 190 vessels, with close to 3,000 staff and is active in more than 30 countries with over 50 contracts.
It specializes in bringing the highest standards to onshore and offshore operations in challenging environment.
(bron: Press Release Sanmar via Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter)
Boluda Towage And Salvage makes an ocean going towage of a 18 000 tons caisson of cement.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Boluda Towage and Salvage, port and ocean going towage division of Boluda Corporación Marítima, has made the towage of a 18,000 tons caisson of cement from Tenerife to Gran Canaria, using two days to make the crossing. Boluda Towage and Salvage, has a great experience in the move of big volumes like this one, operating in any part of the world. It’s specialized in maritime salvage, assistance to oil platforms, deliveries, transport of barges and anchors and tug of dry docks.
Boluda Towage and Salvage executes and focuses the main activity of the company in the port tug, function necessary to speed up the traffic in the port areas.
The division counts with an indisputable leadership in the national and international sphere. It has a fleet of more than 200 tugs divided through the main ports of Spain, France, Africa and Latino America.  (Bron: Boluda via Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter)
Ville tugs keep on trucking
The Canadian Navy has expressed interest in replacing its Glen class harbour tugs, with more powerful 4,000 bhp ASDs, but I have heard notiung on replacement of their Ville class "Pup" tugs. These little work horses do a variety of jobs in the HMC Dockyard and are quite adequate despite their modest size and horsepower.

Tug Merrickville Foto:M.Mackay

The 365 bhp tugs with single screw and steerable nozzles produce a bollard pull of 7.5 tons from their Cat engines.
However they are able to work up under the overhangs of light displacement warships and are very useful. They also perform countless moves of light scows and barges in the Dockyard every day.
Commemorating the names of wartime built Pup tugs, built by Russel Brothers in Owen Sound, they are almost as old as those tugs were when they were replaced.
 (Bron: TugFax/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
Name giving ceremonies of KOTUG’s new build sistertugs in the port of Hamburg.

The new build “ZP Bulldog” and her sister tug “ZP Boxer” are the latest fleet members of KOTUG in the Port of Hamburg and were christened by family of the two General Managers of Schleppreederei KOTUG GmbH.  

Mrs. Petra Peukert, wife of General Manager Andreas Peukert, christened tug boat “ZP Bulldog” end of March and “ZP Boxer” was christened by Ms. Astrid Magnussen, daughter of General Manager Uwe Magnussen, last weekend.

Shareholders and the board chose both sponsor ladies to express their appreciation and gratitude for the commitment and achievements of the General Managers, who demonstrated genuine dedication over the last years, accomplishing constant expansion of the company in German ports.

Both ceremonies were held at the tug boat station in the Port of Hamburg with shareholders, members of the board and employees and their family in attendance.


The new buildings belong to the “Azimuth Tractor Drive 24/ 12 Twin Fin” series of Damen Shipyards and prove with just 24 meter l.o.a. and 12 meter breadth their distinctive compact design. With two fore propulsion units and two “Twin Fins” equipped, both tug boats demonstrate highest course stability. The tugs are equipped with two main engines, generating 5.600 horse powers and a considerable bollard pull of 70 tonnes.

Both units were built by Damen Shipyards in Vietnam and were shipped on heavy lift carriers to Rotterdam, where the final outfit in accordance with KOTUG’s requirements were installed and the KOTUG colours applied. Thereafter, they sailed to the Port of Hamburg to commence their operation. Since that time, they are performing to the utmost satisfaction of ship’s commands and pilots, who particularly value them for their optimised manoeuvrability and strong power.
“ZP Boxer” and “ZP Bulldog” constitute a part of KOTUG’s comprehensive fleet renewal and expansion plan preparing the company for the future by providing the new generation of ultra large container vessels assistance with an unchanged number of tugs, which is a key demand by ship owners.

Fairmount Sherpa delivered rig Arctic I in Las Palmas
Tug Fairmount Sherpa has safely delivered rig GSF Arctic I in Las Palmas. The rig has been towed from offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Las Palmas
de Gran Canaria, Spain.


GSF Arctic I is a semi-submersible drilling rig for deepwater operations,owned by Houston based Transocean. GSF Arctic I is designed to drill upto depths of 10,000 meters. The rig is 78 meters long and 61 meterswide. The voyage covered a distance of almost 4,000 miles across the AtlanticOcean with an average speed of 4.1 knots, the destination offshore LasPalmas was reached.

foto© Fairmount

Upon arrival offshore Las Palmas de Gran CanariaFairmount Sherpa performed anchor handling activities for the GSF ArcticI, mooring her on her eight anchors. Once the rig was safely anchored andmoored, the Fairmount Sherpa was thanked for her services.    (bron Fairmount)