Forth Estuary Towage has extended its capabilities in the Firth of Forth with the addition of a new terminal tug. This Forth Ports subsidiary turned to Turkish shipyard group Sanmar for construction of a new azimuthing stern drive (ASD) 28.2 m tug.
Craigleith is a Robert Allan RAstar 2800 design tug with 70 tonnes of bollard pull and a free running speed of 12.5 knots.
It has Rolls-Royce supplied MTU main engines, which each develop 2,000 kW of power and drive a pair of Schottel Rudderpropellers.
On the deck, Craigleith has a DMT forward winch, an aft 90-tonne SWL hydraulic towing hook and a Palfinger deck crane. It also has a FiFi 1 fire-fighting unit and accommodation for eight people.
Forth Ports operates eight commercial ports in the UK – Tilbury on the Thames, Dundee on the Firth of Tay and six on the Firth of Forth including two specialised marine terminals for oil and gas exports and also provides towage and conservancy services. Forth Estuary Towage is based in Leith and offers towage services at Braefoot terminal.