Damen Shipyards is preparing to deliver the first of four tugs ordered by Young Brothers for inter-island cargo transit in Hawaii. The shipyard has ordered tug packages from the Netherlands-based Hoogendoorn, as the first tug is scheduled for delivery to the owner in Q1 2018.
Young Brothers, affiliate of Foss Maritime, ordered four 37 m Damen 3711 Stan Tugs for delivery next year. Damen is scheduled to deliver the first of these 6,000 hp (4,475 kW) and 11 m wide tugs between January and March 2018. The other three tugs are due to be delivered in sequence and in three-month intervals. The fourth tug could be delivered either in Q4 2018 or early in 2019.
These tugs will serve Young Brothers’ fleet of seven barges that have a combined capacity of more than 60,000 tonnes. They will be more powerful than Young Brothers’ existing fleet of six tugs, which have horsepower ranges of 3,300 to 4,100 hp (2,460 to 3,050 kW).
Young Brothers serves several ports in Hawaii with most routes serviced at least twice a week by overnight sailings. It serves the following ports: Nāwiliwili on Kauaʻi island, Kahului on Maui, Kaunakakai on Molokaʻi, Kaumalapau on Lānaʻi, Honolulu on Oʻahu, plus Hilo and Kawaihae on the island of Hawai’i.
Young Brothers existing tug fleet:
Hokulani - 4,100 hp towing tug
Hoku Loa - 3,900 hp towing tug
Hoku Kea - 3,900 hp towing tug
Moana Holo - 3,000 hp towing tug
Manuokekai - 3,900 hp towing tug
Mikiala - 3,300 hp harbour assist and towing tug