Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard group had a busy quarter, delivering four tugs for domestic and African clients
Zhenjiang Shipyard in Jiangsu, China delivered four tugs and launched hulls for two fire-fighting tugs in July.
The latest tug completed by the Chinese shipbuilder was Oritselaju 10. This is an azimuthing tugboat built to a 3300 AVIC design for a Nigerian shipowner.
Zhenjiang Shipyard delivered this 3,300-kW powered tug to AZM, a joint venture between the Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard group and AVIC Ship, on 30 July. It is the eighth vessel built in a batch to a standardised model in China.
Also in July, Zhenjiang Shipyard completed azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug Cao Port 27 to support docking operations in Tangshan Port. This tug has total propulsion power of 2,660 kW and was delivered to Caofeidian Tugging Services Co on 19 July.
This came just a week after two ASD tugboats were delivered by the shipbuilder to Guangxi Beibu Bulk Port Towboat Co. Harbour tugs Xin Beibuwangang 5 and Xin Beibuwangang 6 were built each with 3,824 kW of propulsion power to assist bulk carriers in the port.
Zhenjiang Shipyard will complete two more ASD tugs this quarter for a Chinese operator, after launching two fire-fighting ASD tugs on 28 July for Yick Fung Shipping and Enterprises Co, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Bulk Co.
This busy period of tug construction came after a quiet month in June when completions and deliveries involved cargo and passenger ships. But, May was a busy month for tug completions.
At the end of May 2019, Zhenjiang Shipyard delivered another harbour tug, Xin Beibuwangang 15, to Beibu Gulf Port Co. This is an ASD tug with 2,942 kW of propulsion power.
Also in May 2019, Jiangsu Zhenjiang delivered two ASD tugs to Tianjin Port Tug Co as the first vessels built to China classification society CCS’ notation of Intelligence. Jin Gang Lun 31 and Jin Gang Lun 32 each have systems for monitoring fuel and vibrations.
Smart tug operations and propulsion technologies will be discussed at Riviera Maritime Media’s Smart Tug Operations Conference on 16 September 2019, in Singapore.