Two tugs built in Hong Kong will be mobilised to western Canada to enhance ship escort services in British Columbia.
SAAM Smit Towage (SST) Canada, a joint venture partnership between Boskalis and Chile-headquartered SAAM, has purchased two escort tugs from Cheoy Lee Shipyards.
These have been named SST Grizzly and SST Orca and are scheduled to be completed at Cheoy Lee’s Hin Lee shipyard in the first week of October. They will then sail to Vancouver, Canada, to join the local fleet.
These were built to a Robert Allan RAstar 3200 design and Lloyd’s Register escort tug class. They have bollard pulls of more than 80 tonnes and top speeds in excess of 13.5 knots.
SST Grizzly and SST Orca will be the largest and most powerful escort-rated tugs in western Canada. They will improve the ability of the local tug fleet to handle anticipated increases in vessel traffic through British Columbia’s southern waters.
They have Caterpillar main engines and generator sets and controllable pitch Schottel Z-drives.
SST is also expanding its fleet in South America. In August, it took delivery of a third newbuilding for its Brazilian operations from Wilson Sons Estaleiros as part of a four-vessel order.