A fleet of inland towage tugboats has been ordered to support energy cargo transportation in Indonesia
PT Patria Maritime Lines has contracted an Indonesian shipyard within the parent group to build at least three tugs to support its transportation activities in South Kalimantan. PT United Tractors Pandu Engineering will build these tugs at its Patria Maritim Perkasa shipyard in Batam, Indonesia.
The first of the three Indonesia-flagged tugboats is scheduled for delivery in March 2020.
The shipyard turned to OSD-IMT to design these tugs to tow barges along the Barito river in South Kalimantan. These tugboats will have shallow draughts to access areas of the river where water depths can drop to 2.5 m upstream in the dry season.
The tugs will be built to an OSD-IMT 7402 design and Bureau Veritas class, with an overall length of 23 m, free running speed of around 10 knots and bollard pull of around 18 tonnes for towing cargo barges.
They will be equipped with two main diesel engines connected to drive shafts and conventional fixed propellers with high efficiency nozzles, with accommodation for up to 10 people and will be fitted with a towing hook aft.
A push bow with a triple vertical D-shaped fender will be integrated in the ships’ structures by the shipyard.
PT Patria Maritim Perkasa said it intends to build more OSD-IMT 7402 tugs at a later date. The shipyard has previously built tugboats to Bureau Veritas and RINA class for the Brahma fleet, plus 10 ABS-class twin-screw tugs for Indonesian operators.
Smart tug design and operations will be presented at Riviera Maritime Media’s Smart Tug Operations Conference in Singapore on 16 September