Macduff Ship Design has won a contract to design a new mooring and towage workboat to be built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards. This will be a 14 m multipurpose vessel with capabilities for line handling and harbour tug duties.
Part of the project was to design a workboat for multiple disciplines, but within the same design envelope and to allow for owner-specified variations in production.
This contract comes after Macduff Ship Design expanded its naval architectural consultancy and marine survey operations.
In October, a Macduff-designed pilot vessel began operating in the ports of Ayr and Troon, in Scotland. A 12.75 m vessel was ordered by Associated British Ports to provide pilotage services and assist the berthing of larger vessels in poor weather conditions.
Macduff Shipyards built this dual-purpose vessel with a design draught of 1.2 m and beam of 4.5 m. It has two John Deere engines, each rated 239 kW at 2,600 rpm, which are coupled to a ZF 305-3A gearbox with 2.423:1 ratio.
Its vessel’s hull was based on a semi-displacement hullform that was developed by Macduff Ship Design for use in similar operations. During sea trials, the vessel reached a top speed of 12.2 knots and achieved a bollard pull of 5.2 tonnes.