Naval forces in Pakistan and Thailand are constructing Damen and Robert Allan-designed tugs at local shipyards
Naval forces in Pakistan and Thailand have new tugboats on order from local shipyards to manoeuvre their growing defence fleets.
The Pakistan Navy has contracted Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) to build two azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs.
KS&EW will work with Damen Shipyards Group to construct these two ASD tugs using Damen’s ASD 2009 design and Damen’s technical support.
Damen said the ASD 2009 design, of around 20 m in length and 9 m breadth, “is a proven, standardised design featuring excellent seakeeping behaviour, superb manoeuvrability and outstanding towing characteristics.”
Both shipyards have worked together since 1988 to build numerous vessels for clients in Pakistan.
In Thailand, Italthai Marine has used Robert Allan designs to construct two new 32-m tugs in its shipyard in Samut Prakan for the Royal Thai Navy. The second of these tugs was launched in April and commissioned in Q2 2019.
This tug was built to a RAmparts 3200 design and Lloyd’s Register class, as the sister tug to 2016-built Panyi 857.
It will have bollard pull of around 53 tonnes, a navigational draught of 4.4 m, fire-fighting systems to FiFi1 class and will be powered by two MTU 16V4000 M54 main engines driving Schottel SRP1212 fixed pitch propellers.