There has been an increase in tug newbuilding ordering and deliveries in 2021 as owners and operators expand their fleets amid rising cargo transportation demand
Transcoal Pacific has inaugurated a newbuild pusher tug and barge at Panbatam Island Shipyard, in Batam, Indonesia. Pusher tug PT TCP 201 was built by Tuong Aik Shipyard in Sibu, Malaysia and barge PB TCP 3301 was built by Panbatam Island, both to ClassNK classification.
Transcoal Pacific, which is part of Trans Energi Logistik Group, ordered this new tug and barge combination to prepare for increasing coal transportation. The company plans to add more new vessels to its fleet, with the next combination scheduled for delivery in June this year, another before the end of Q4 2021, and a third in H1 2022. With these fleet additions, Trans Energi Logistik would operate a fleet of 152 vessels, consisting of tugs, barges and other vessels.
At another Indonesian shipyard, Taiwan Navigation ordered a series of harbour tugs for its expanding operations in Taiwan. Five harbour tugs have been ordered from PT Graha Trisaka Industri in Indonesia for deliveries during 2022, according to BRL Shipping Consultants. These will be operated by Taiwan Navigation under a long-term charter contract for CPC Corp, Taiwan’s state-owned energy, petroleum and natural gas company.
IHI Power Systems will supply a pair of Niigata diesel main engines for each vessel in this series, resulting in an order for at least 10 engines. The 499-gt tugs will be built with overall length of 32 m, breadth of 12 m and hull depth of 5.4 m, with delivery between April and November 2022.
Robert Allan is providing designs for RAmparts 3200-W and TRAktor 3200-V for tugs being built at PT Graha Trisaka Industri in Batam. This order demonstrates a growing trend in tug newbuild contracts shipyards in Indonesia have secured. So far this year, 15 tug newbuilds have been ordered at Indonesian shipyards according to BRL.
Shipyards such as PT Daya Radar Utama, PT Cahaya Samudra and Hung Seng Shipbuilding have gained newbuilding orders from Indonesian owners so far this year.
There have also been tugboat deliveries from yards such as PT Citra Jahari, Kukar Mandiri Shipyard, Hung Seng Shipbuilding, Karya Teknik Utama and Tuong Aik Shipyard to Indonesian owners.
This quarter, Karya Teknik Utama delivered Dharma 106 harbour tug to Dharmalancar Sejahtera, according to BRL.
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