Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard has been a hive of construction activity, delivering three harbour tugs in as many days at the end of May as domestic owners modernise their fleets
This culminated in the delivery of the first of two azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs the Jiangsu Province shipyard is building for Tianjin South Port Co. Nan Gang Tuo 9 has two main engines with 1,912 kW of power and a top speed of 13.4 knots. This 38-m tug has bollard pull ahead of 63.2 tonnes, astern bollard pull of 57.5 tonnes, beam of 10.6 m and fire-fighting equipment to FiFi1 class.
Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in May, was on a roll as it delivered two other ASD tugboats at the end of May.
Ningbo Yonggang Tugboat Co added to its fleet with Yong Gang Tuo 32 and Yong Gang Tuo 33 on 29 May. These 39-m tugs have a beam of 10.6 m and speed of 13.2 knots. They each have power of 3,680 kW delivering bollard pull ahead of 64 tonnes and astern of 57.4 tonnes. Both Yong Gang Tuo tugs are fitted with four 85 m3 tanks for transporting external water and have enough fuel to sail 1,200 nautical miles.
Key milestones were passed during the latter half of May on other newbuilding projects, setting the stage for a busy Q3 and Q4 2021 of deliveries.
At the end of May, Zhenjiang Shipyard laid the keel of two 3,730-kW ASD tugs, to be named Zhougang Tou-39 and 40, for Zhoushan Haitong Port.
After that, the shipyard launched 2,942-kW ASD tugboat Yechang Tuo 9, using its crane facilities, for Yangjiang Port Yechang Tugboat Co.
Three days before, the shipyard started cutting steel on a new ASD tug for ZhenJiang Port Co. That followed steel cutting for an ASD tug on 17 May and keel laying of another on 22 May.
On 14 May, Zhenjiang Shipyard launched ASD tugboat, SuGangTuo 1, with 3,234 kW of power and FiFi1 equipment for Jiangsu Sugang Shipping Engineering Co. On 7 May it laid the keel for an ASD tug with 3,880 kW of power and a FiFi system.
In contrast to May’s wave of newbuilding activity, Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard had few construction milestones during Q1 2021 and April in what appeared to be a slow return to productivity after the Chinese New Year.
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