Asian Marine Services Public Co (ASIMAR) has secured a contract to build a new ship-assistance and emergency response tug for the Royal Thai Navy
It will use a design from Robert Allan for this tugboat, which will have fire-fighting and oil spill response capabilities.
ASIMAR’s agreement with the naval architects will open additional opportunities for the Thai shipbuilding industry. Robert Allan’s expertise will enable the shipyard to improve its knowledge of ship design and construction, which could result in more domestic and export orders.
First, ASIMAR will build a harbour tug to Robert Allan’s RAmparts 3200-SD design for the Royal Thai Navy for delivery in 2022. This tug will be similar to two RAmparts 3200 tugs already in operation assisting naval vessels in Thailand.
Robert Allan said this new tug is likely to have bollard pull of 55 tonnes and a speed of over 12 knots. It said the RAmparts 3200-SD design has “high speed, excellent stability and sea keeping, enhanced astern performance and manoeuvrability that enable the tugboat to successfully fulfil push and tow missions.”
This tugboat will support fire-fighting missions with a 2,400 m3/hr FiFi-class pump and fire monitors capable of 120-m throw distance. It will also have Desmi oil spill response solutions and environmental friendly, biological formula oil dispersant bioQ.
ASIMAR has been operating in Thailand since 1981, with experience in ship repair, shipbuilding, steel fabrication and engineering for the marine, offshore and onshore sectors. Robert Allan designs tugs of all types, plus fireboats, research vessels, crew boats, barges, government service vessels, icebreakers and navigation-aids tenders.
It also has designs for shallow-draught vessels of all types for inland transportation, and a diverse range of specialised craft.