PSA Marine has expanded its tugboat fleet again, adding two more escort tugs built in China
PaxOcean Engineering Zhuhai Co has supplied two azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs to support ship berthing and undocking at terminals in Singapore. These deliveries follow two other tugs of a similar design, PSA Thor and PSA Hulk, delivered in 2018. All are named with a Marvel theme.
PaxOcean completed tugs PSA Marvel and PSA Valkyrie in October and they were accepted by PSA Marine after sea trials in November 2020. They will be used to support vessels in terminals and harbours in Singapore, for coastal towing operations and ship escorting.
The ASD tugs were built to Robert Allan’s RAmparts 3200 design, with an overall length of 32 m and moulded beam of 12 m, 496 gt, a maximum draft of 5.4 m and top speed of 13.5 knots.
During sea trials, PSA Marvel and PSA Valkyrie exceeded all performance expectations with a bollard pull of 83.5 tonnes. This comes from two Caterpillar 3516C main diesel engines driving two Schottel SRP 510 Z-drives. Also in the engineroom are two Cummins CSMTA11 diesel generator sets.
Lloyd’s Register classed PSA Marvel and PSA Valkyrie for ship escort, unmanned machinery spaces and fire-fighting FiFi1.
PSA Marine has modernised and expanded its fleet of tugs to support rising numbers of larger ships docking, and terminals in Singapore.
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