Damen Shipyards has constructed a dynamically positioned workboat that will be the first of its kind, with lower emissions, hybrid propulsion and a shallow draught
The main structure and hull of Brutus was launched in Poland by crane lift at the beginning of this year.
This vessel is built for Dutch tug and offshore support vessel operator Herman Senior and will be completed at Damen’s Gorichem shipyard in the Netherlands during Q1 2021. It is the first Damen-designed Shoalbuster with hybrid propulsion and engines compliant with IMO’s Tier III emissions requirements and also the first ultra-shallow Shoalbuster with dynamic positioning to DP2 class.
Brutus was built to a Damen Shoalbuster 3514 SD design with a green passport, accommodation for 20 people and a minimum draught of 2.45 m. Its bollard pull of 60 tonnes comes from four Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines that will deliver a total of 3,876 kW to four 190-cm nozzle propellers, set into the stern for its shallow draught.
Brutus has a large deck space to support variety of operations in ports, marine construction, offshore oil and gas, and renewables. It also has fendering on the bow for pusher applications.
Its construction has been delayed by Covid-19 restrictions, so its completion is likely to be delayed into Q2 2021.
Brutus will be used for multiple operations including offshore project support, towage assistance, oceangoing towage and anchor handling, plus remote vehicle surveys, mattress installations, mooring, pushing and dredging support.
On other tug construction projects, Damen has mobilised more vessels into the Mediterranean from its shipyards in China and Vietnam for three different owners.
These tugs were transported on 2011-built multipurpose heavy lift ship BBC Onyx to Malta, where 2020-built reverse stern drive (RSD) tug Senglea was discharged on 12 January 2021. This Damen RSD 2513 design tug will be operated to Tug Malta for harbour and towage operations from the island.
Also on board BBC Onyx was new azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug Delovoy-6, built to ASD 2310 design. This 23-m tug will be mobilised to begin operations in the Russian Black Sea ports for Delo Service. It is similar to two tugs (Delovoy-6 and 5) delivered to Delo Service in 2018.
BBC Onyx was also transporting 2020-built, RSD 2513 tug Gabriella Neri, which Damen has sold to Fratelli Neri.
Damen constructs tugs at its shipyards in China and Vietnam to its own designs for its own stock ready to be sold to owners either during construction or on completion.
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