The latest newbuilding contract in Japan is for three harbour tugs for Fukushima Kisen
It has ordered three 260-gt tugs from Kanagawa Zosen for delivery in H2 2021 and Q1 2022. All three tugs will have an overall length of 32.5 m, breadth of 11.4 m and draught of 3.3 m.
IHI Power Systems will supply a pair of Niigata diesel main engines for each tug, according to BRL Shipping Consultants. The Niigata 6L28HX engines will develop 2,040-kW of power at 1,500 rpm.
Kanagawa Zosen has already named the first of these harbour tugs, scheduled for delivery July 2021, Aizu Maru. The second harbour tug is expected to be delivered in Q4 2021 and the third in March 2022.
This is an extension to Fukushima Kisen fleet newbuilding campaign which took delivery of Bandai Maru from Kanagawa Zosen in 2020. It is one of a number of tugs built by this shipyard for Japanese owners in 2020 including harbour tug Kasuga Maru for Tokyo Kisen, Kazasi Maru for Seagate and Tsushima Maru for Nihon Tug Boat.
According to International Tug & Salvage data, Kanagawa Zosen also delivered tugs to Kaihoh Marine, Kitanihon Tug Boat and Shibaura Tsusen Kaisha in 2020.
Kanagawa Zosen is also building harbour tugs for Adani group’s terminal and port operations in India with six scheduled for delivery this year and three in 2022.
This shipyard’s latest orders come as Marcon International reported unnamed Japanese owners had purchased 1999-built ocean salvage and rescue tug Hulk (formerly named Resolve Monarch and Anglian Monarch) in late February 2021.
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