Chinese shipyards have built multiple tugs during Q3 2020 to meet demand from growing domestic ports for higher towage capacity
Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyards group and Cheoy Lee Shipyards are leading builders of tugboats in China and continued deliveries during July to September in response to increasing export capacity and ship berthings at Chinese terminals.
Zhenjiang shipyard in Jiangsu province delivered a new azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug to CaoFeidian Tug Ship Co on 18 September. Cao Gang 29 is a 36-m tug with power of 2,942 kW and an ahead bollard pull of 46.5 tonnes. This ASD tug has a breadth of 10.2 m, hull depth of 4.6 m and speed of 12.7 knots. It was built to provide towage services in TangShan Port.
On 21 August, Jiangsu Zhenjiang shipyard delivered harbour tug Ning Gang 27 to a vessel operator in Nanjing Port. It has up to 3,236 kW of power, providing it with an ahead bollard pull of 50.5 tonnes and speed of 13.6 knots. Ning Gang 27 has an overall length of 38.6 m, breadth of 10.2 m and a FiFi1 class fire-fighting system.
Jiangsu Zhenjiang progressed on other tug building projects by massing key milestones in September.
It assembled construction blocks for two ASD tugs it is building for an unnamed Chinese port on 14-16 September. These tugs will each have total power of 3.676 kW and FiFi1 fire-fighting systems.
Cheoy Lee Shipyards has delivered two tugs to Yiu Lian Dockyards during Q3 2020. It built Hai Kun and Hai Peng to Robert Allan’s RAstar 3200-CL design. These escort tugs have Niigata propulsion packages for bollard pulls of around 88 tonnes and speeds of 13.5 knots. At 492 gt and 32-m long, they were built to Lloyd’s Register class with a moulded beam of 12.8 m, hull depth of 5.4 m and fuel oil storage capacity of 166 m3.
In July, Jiangsu Zhenjiang passed milestones on seven tugboat construction projects. On 23 July it started steel cutting for two ASD tugs for an unnamed Chinese shipowner. These will have 3,824 kW of power and FiFi1 fire-fighting systems.
This followed keel laying on an ASD tug for Zhenjiang Port Group Co on 15 July. Zhen Gang Tuo 4006 will have power of 2,942 kW when delivered in 2021.
On 10 July, Zhenjiang Shipyard lift launched two ASD tugboats it is building for Fuzhou Port, to be named Fu Gang Tuo 6 and 7.
At the beginning of July, block assembly commenced on two ASD tugs for Zhoushangang Haitong Tugboat Co. These will have total power of 2,942 kW and FiFi1 fire-fighting capabilities. They are to be named Zhougang Tou-37 and 38 when completed.
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