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30.05.14 Fairmount Expedition towed jack-up rig Naga 3 to oilfield
  Tug Fairmount Expedition has towed jack-up rig Naga 3 safely from the PVnMarine Shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam, to the RD-19X Block 15-2 oilfieldoffshore Vietnam. Last month the tug has towed the rig from Singapore to the shipyard, after which the Fairmount Expedition remained anchored off Vung Tau.

The Naga 3 is a Gusto MSC CJ46-X100-D design jack-up rig, built in 2010 by Dubai Drydocks World and owned by UMW Petropipe/Singapore Drilling. The 70 meters long rig can drill up to 9,144 meters in depth. At the Vung Tau shipyard the Naga 3 was prepared for her next job offshore Vietnam for the Japan Vietnam Petroleum Company (JVPC).

After the towage to the offshore location the Fairmount Expedition assisted with the installation of the rig. Also some cargo runs were performed. During this operations several JVPC employees were accommodated onboard.
10.03.14 Fairmount Marine safely delivered ENSCO rig in Singapore
  Fairmount Marine has safely delivered rig ENSCO 5002 in Singapore. Therig was towed from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, via Cape Good Hope, by tug Fairmount Expedition. ENSCO 5002 is a 1975 built 70 meters long and 61 meters wide semi submersible drilling rig. The rig can accommodate up to 110 persons andis capable to drill up to 10,668 meters.

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Tug Fairmount Expedition hooked-up with the rig offshore Rio de Janeiromid-November 2013. The convoy arrived in Singapore this week after a 9,200 miles voyage by an average speed of 5,6 knots. During the voyage stops were made in Cape Town (South-Africa) and PortLouis (Mauritius) for bunkers, replenishments and crew changes. At bothstops the Fairmount Expedition made some cargo runs.

ALP Maritime Services B.V. enters into agreement to be acquired by Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. and orders four 300ts Bollard Pull AHT

the Market
An increasing number of ultra
large floating production units on order will require towing and hookup services in the next decade(s), which will result in a growing demand for mooring leg survey, maintenance, repositioning, refurbishment and/or decommissioning services 
in the years ahead.  Offshore  floating  productions  units  are  increasing  in  size  and  value.  Multi
billion dollar field developments rely on floating production / storage units capable of operating on site for well over a decade  without  returning  to  a shipyard.
The  transport  from  the  building  yard  to site  and  the subsequent installation to the permanent mooring on site is therefore a very important part in the success of a project.
Exposed to the environment, there is a need for powerful,course stable and reliable towing vessels that are in control of the object under any circumstances. 
The subsequent installation of the units to a field’s mooring and riser
systemsrequire vessels able to operate safely in close quarters of the 
unit including lengthy heading control duties. Mooring leg maintenance and replacement operations demand vessels that complywith the 
stringent in
field DP II requirements established
for vessels working in live operating fields.  


The  market  requires  a  new  ultra
powerful  versatile  towing,  positioning,  hookup,  survey  and maintenance  vessel.
An ultra
high quality towing  vessel with theability to offer flexible services throughout the production platform lifecycle.
The Four New ALP Vessels Together with the renowned naval architects of Ulstein Design & Solutions A.S., ALP has designed the SX157®, which the Company refers to as the ALP FUTURE.
The ALP FUTURE class of longdistance  anchor handling towing vessel is a versatile, ultrapowerful offshore vessel designed for the worldwide
distance  towage  of  the  world’s largest  floating  objects. The new vessels offer our customers the ability to perform additional services such as anchor/chain handling,  survey, positioning and mooring works. ALP FUTURE meets the highest industry standards in terms of design and equipment. 
The Company adopted the Ulstein XBOW® design offering course stability during the longdistance towing operations and improving shiphandling 
in adverse weather conditions.

The ALP FUTURE complies with the highest environmental standards (TIER III ready), has redundancy on all its systems and will be the first ultra
long distance towing vessels that are designed according
POS AUTR notation. 
As a result, they will be able to perform lengthy heading control duties in DP Mode and comply with stringent infield DP requirements.  SX157®, 
which the Company refers to as the ALP FUTURE. 

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15.02.14 Freighter Just Mariiam towed to Lorient 
  General cargo vessel Just Mariiam suffered total blackout late at night Feb 10, vessel was 16 nm SW of Belle Ile island, Bay of Biscay. Salvage tug Abeille Bourbon was sent to take disabled vessel on tow.

Just Mariiam was taken on tow in the morning Feb 11, in the morning Feb 12 vessel finally reached Lorient. Towage was hampered by a rough weather. Just Mariiam, believed to be controlled by a Lebanon company, was en route from Norway to Tripoli, Lebanon, loaded with some general cargo and cars and trucks. General cargo vessel Just Mariiam, IMO 7047344, dwt 1278, built 1971, flag Moldova.  Bron: Maritime Bulletin / Foto: Préfecture maritime L.Kramer
  SMIT Lamnalco’s Newest Tug Arrives in the NAG
  Damen Shipyards announced today that their client, Smit Lamnalco has taken delivery of the SL Kiwi, a 22-meter long, STu 2008-type tugboat.  This 39.4 ton bollard pull-rated tug will join her sister ship SL Kittiwake in the northern Persian (Arabian) Gulf in support of Single Point Mooring operations. Built at Damen’s facilities in Gorinchem (the Netherlands), the SL Kiwi left Rotterdam at the end of December aboard SAL Heavy Lift’s vessel, MV Trina.  She was loaded alongside 5 other workboats on board the ship.

“The vessel does have a number of client-specific features, such as an open stern with removable bulwark top plate and Smit Lamnalco corporate colours,” noted Jan de Vente, Damen’s tug newbuild project manager. ”In addition, various options from our ‘catalogue of OEM extras’, such as a deck crane and fuel oil separator unit, were selected too.” 

Like her 2012-built sister ship, the ‘SL Kiwi’ will to a large extent be deployed in marine services to the oil and gas terminal industry, including diving support. Hence the various extras. The Stu 2208 type vessels were dominantly designed for towage and harbour mooring assistance.

Bron: gCaptain  / Foto: Damen/ L.Kramer
  Rimorchiatori Riuniti Orders Damen ASD Tug 
  Leading Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has ordered a powerful Damen ASD Tug 2411. Reflecting the industry’s move to larger vessels, the new Damen tug, which has a 70-tonne bollard pull will replace a smaller 1990-built, 40-tonne unit.
The new vessel will be deployed in Genoa and is expected to arrive by end-July. Owned by the Delle Piane and Gavarone families, Rimorchiatori Riuniti has been operating its well-known orange tugboats in Genoa since 1922.

Although the company has traditionally operated in the Tyrrhenian Sea and the ports of Genoa, Salerno and Malta, Rimorchiatori Riuniti recently extended its presence to the Adriatic. The company has a 25-strong fleet of harbour tugs, including some earlier Damen tugs.

Alberto Dellepiane, Director of Rimorchiatori Riuniti, says the reasons the company chose a Damen vessel was the high quality offered, the reliability and the fact Damen vessels maintain their value.

Andrea Trevisan, Damen Sales Manager Sales Area North, West and South Europe, says: “We are delighted to welcome Rimorchiatori Riuniti again as a customer and look forward to develop a long-term partnership with such an important and respectable owner.”

Fast delivery
“As Damen builds vessels for stock, we could also deliver Rimorchiatori Riuniti’s brand new tug in just over six months”, Mr Trevisan points out. The ASD 2411 Tug for Rimorchiatori Riuniti will be fully compliant with Italian Flag State regulations.The vessel is a typical example of the ‘Damen standard’, with the Group having sold dozens of this compact, strong tug around the world. “To me, the ASD 2411 is always a good example of the reliable and proven Damen designs”, says Mr Trevisan proudly.

“This vessel has been developed to move the world’s largest ships, even though it is a relatively ‘small’ tug.”Damen Shipyards has a strong link with Italy and a successful track record with several Italian tug owners. “We hope to see even more Damen tugs serving the busy Italian ports in the future!” he adds.
Bron& Image: Damen nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

Fairmount Glacier towed drifting bulker from mid-Atlantic. 

Tug Fairmount Glacier has safely delivered bulk carrier Cassiopeia Star in the port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
The bulker was picked up duringbad weather on the mid-Atlantic where she was drifting with main engineproblems.       
Fairmount Glacier was contracted by Tsavliris Salvage to assist.


After steaming at full speed for 1,720 miles the Fairmount Glacier metwith the still drifting Cassiopeia Star.
The 173 meters long, 32,328 DWTbulk carrier Cassiopeia Star was bound for Mexico loaded with barite inore lumps.
The Fairmount Glacier towed the Cassiopeia Star safely fromthe mid-Atlantic to Las Palmas over a distance of 1,950 miles.


Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lifttransportation, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fairmount’sfleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tons bollard pulleach, especially designed for long distance towing, a multipurpose supportvessel and a large submersible transport barge. Fairmount Marine is partof Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group.
12.02.14 "Shell kent contract toe aan KT Maritime Australia Pty Ltd ter ondersteuning van “Shell Prelude FLNG"
  Shell Australië heeft een omvangrijk contract toegekend voor het ontwerp, de bouw en exploitatie van drie sleepboten, zgn. “Infield Support Vessels” voor het Prelude-FLNG project, dat 475 km ten Noordoosten van Broome, in West-Australië is gelegen en ongeveer 80 lokale banen zal opleveren. KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd (Joint Venture partnership van KOTUG en Teekay) levert voor het Prelude-FLNG project drie 42 meter lange, 100 ton bollard-pull Rotortugs. Deze sleepboten zullen de LNG schepen assisteren naar Prelude FLNG en gedurende het laad- en losproces van het LNG-product stand-by zijn. De ‘infield support vessels’ c.q. sleepboten worden roulerend buiten de haven van Broome ingezet. 


Shell Awards Infield Support Vessel contract for Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas to KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd.

Shell Australia has awarded a major contract for the design, construction and operation of three Infield Support Vessels (ISVs), which will create approximately 80 local jobs and support its Prelude FLNG Project, located 475km north-north east of Broome, in Western Australia.

Perth-based KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd, a joint venture partnership with KOTUG International B.V and Teekay Shipping Australia Pty Ltd, will supply three 42 metre-long, 100-tonne bollard-pull vessels to assist in product offloading during the operations phase of the project. The ISVs will operate out of the Port of Broome on a rotation.

The vessels have been specifically designed to meet the Prelude FLNG facility’s unique marine services requirements which include tanker berthing and offshore operations support, including emergency response, for a period of at least 25 years. The contract is expected to create approximately 80 new Australian jobs and includes commitments to the employment of Indigenous trainees supported by Aboriginal Marine Services based in Perth.

"This is a very significant contract when it comes to the ongoing operation of Prelude FLNG, and our key priorities in awarding the contract were finding a partner who could deliver the vessels and services safely, and secure good local employment and training outcomes," said Shell Australia Country Chair, Andrew Smith.

"This contract is an example of the long term benefits of Prelude FLNG. During the operations and maintenance phase we expect to spend at least $200 million per year on local content, this is a very positive level of investment into the Australian economy."

David Parmeter, Director, KT Maritime said "To be part of Shell’s first deployment of Floating LNG technology is an important milestone for our business, and we look forward to

supporting the Prelude FLNG development throughout its operations."

"This joint partnership combines the technical innovation and expertise of KOTUG, with Teekay’s experience as a marine operator in Australia."

Fellow KT Maritime Director Mr Ard-Jan Kooren said "We are proud to be working with Shell Australia in pioneering FLNG technology, and look forward to changing the game together over the decades ahead."  

About Prelude FLNG

Prelude FLNG is located in the Browse Basin, approximately 475km north-north east of Broome, in Western Australia. FLNG technology allows for the production, liquefaction, storage and transfer of LNG at sea, as well as the ability to process and export liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate. FLNG removes the need for pipelines to shore, dredging and onshore works and therefore significantly limits the disturbance to the surrounding environment and reduces development costs.

The Prelude FLNG will produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG.

The Prelude FLNG hull is longer than four soccer fields laid end to end and it is longer than the Empire State Building is tall. Once complete, the FLNG facility will weigh more than 600,000 tonnes fully loaded, displacing the same amount of water as six of the world’s largest aircraft carriers. Whilst the Prelude facility is big it is also small – taking up 1/4 the area of an equivalent onshore LNG plant.

According to an independent analysis by ACIL Tasman, over the 25-year life of the Prelude FLNG project it will:

• Create approximately 350 direct and 650 indirect jobs.

• Contribute total tax revenues of more than $12 billion.

• Spend $12 billion on Australian goods and services. Improve Australia’s balance of trade by more than $18 billion through the export of LNG, LPG and Condensate.

About KT Maritime Services

KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd, a marine towage services provider, was incorporated in July 2012, and is a joint venture established by ship owners and operators, KOTUG International B.V. and Teekay Shipping Australia Pty Ltd. KT Maritime has been established to provide marine towage solutions to the Australian energy and resources sectors.

The three ISVs will be powered by Rotortug® technology pioneered by KOTUG, featuring three separate azimuth propulsion units to provide improved vessel safety, power, efficiency and maneuverability.

15.11.16 Three more tugs for B&B
  Sanmar also have three other vessels under construction for Bukser og Bergings AS (B&B), each of a different type. Each vessel was included in the ‘Five Tugs’ ceremony previously mentioned, two of which are from Sanmar’s popular and proven range of diesel powered vessels. 
A block erection and keel laying ceremony was carried out for the largest of the three, Bison, an ASD tug of 75 tonnes bollard pull. Bison is the ninth vessel of the Sanmar Terminal class of fire-fighting tugs, designed by Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) and built to carry out escort and offshore terminal duties.
The 28m long hull has a beam of 13.2m and incorporates sponsons and a ‘foil’ shaped escort skeg proven to significantly enhance escort towing and seakeeping performance. 
To achieve the bollard pull required the propulsion system comprises a pair of Caterpillar 3516C diesels driving stern mounted Rolls-Royce type US25CP azimuthing propulsion units incorporating 2,800mm diameter controllable pitch propellers.
Rolls-Royce will also supply an escort winch with a single split drum, to be mounted on the foredeck.
The vessel will have accommodation for 10 persons in six cabins, galley, mess room and laundry.

The second tug of the trio, Baus, will be the seventeenth example of the extremely successful Sanmar Ulupinar series. This compact 24.39m ASD shiphandling tug, with a bollard pull of 50 tonnes, is also built to a design from the drawing board of RAL. Designed for maximum performance whilst working with large tankers and containerships, the hull form and layout have evolved over several years of extensive operational experience. The static bollard pulll of 50 tonnes is achieved by installing a Caterpillar/Rolls-Royce combination of 3512C diesels, each developing 1,500kW, to drive type US205CP azimuthing propulsion units.with 2,200mm diameter controllable pitch propellers.

Although a smaller vessel, the Ulupinar series is renowned for its clever internal layout, making the best possible use of the space available and providing comfortable living quarters for a total complement of six persons in four cabins.

The fifth vessel, as yet un-named, meets a requirement from B&B for a versatile and extremely manoeuvrable 15m line-handling tug. To meet this specification, another RAL design, the 1500 ASD Rascal was chosen. Designed for maximum performance in line handling, shiphandling and related terminal support activities, the vessel will be equipped with a towing winch and staple forward, and heavy bow fendering for shiphandling. A towing bitt and tow hook are installed aft for line handling and general towing duties.

A good indication of Sanmar’s growing workload is an order recently placed with Rolls-Royce for the supply of azimuth thrusters for twelve new tugs for a variety of customers. The shipyard is a regular customer for Rolls-Royce propulsion equipment and this latest order is for three different types of Rolls-Royce thrusters, the US205, US255 and US 25, to be installed on the tugs when construction starts later this year. 
Bron: Maritime Journal / Image: Mercator Media  nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
08.11.13 Delivery of First Eddy Tug Expected in June 2014
  After an elaborate engineering and design process, the first EDDY TUG is due to be delivered in June 2014. The entire engineering process, which was
done in-house by EDDY TUG, resulting in a very well thought-out design that will bring some very attractive features to the ship-assist and towage market.

The EDDY TUG concept was established in 2008 by Baldo Dielen. Since then, the concept has undergone elaborate testing and fine-tuning.
The result is a tug boat that is ready to face today’s challenges in the towage market.
Issues such as efficiency, safety and economy have been effectively addressed by incorporating features such as: hybrid propulsion, all-round fendering, making several watertight compartments in the hull, a tumblehome of 35o and a Kraaijeveld Safewinch.


The vessel, being truly double-ended, can be operated in any direction, without significant reductions in performance. A slender hull shape will lead to a reduction in drag, leads to fuel savings and higher transit speeds, up to 14 knots.Vessel handling is very intuitive, which promotes more safety in operations..With its unique propulsion arrangement, push and pull forces can be promptly provided in any direction. Also, when operating at speed, dynamic forces of twice the bollard pull can be generated. Therefore, an EDDY TUG is as effective as bow and stern tug.

Propulsion system

Azimuthal Propulsion will be provided by two newly developed Schottel SRP 3000 thrusters making the EDDY TUG the first tugboat to incorporate these thrusters.
The power suppliers will be two 1610 kW Mitsubishi S16R main engines and two generators with 568 kWe capacity. In free sailing condition, the tug can easily reach a transit speed of 9-10 knots purely on its generators, leading to significant fuel and maintenance savings. When maximum power is needed, the electromotors “boost” the two main engines, providing a bollard pull of 65 ton.

Inside the deckhouse a spacious accommodation is provided for a complement of 7 persons in 5 cabins, all with en-suite sanitary facilities.

Holland Shipyards

Holland Shipyards will be the shipyard to build the EDDY 30-65. Holland Shipyards is partner in EDDY TUG, thereby underlining its intentions to become an innovative player in the towage market.
Bron & Image: Eddy Tug- nieuwsbrief L. Kramer



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