Compagnie Maritime Chambon returned to Turkey to order a new escort tug to boost its fleet
The French offshore and port towage group contracted Bogazici Shipyard to build a 50-tonne bollard pull tug seven years after it took delivery of another vessel from the Turkish builder.
Bogazici will build this latest order to a Robert Allan RAstar 3000 design and to Bureau Veritas’ classification. This will be customised for Compagnie Maritime Chambon’s requirements, said Bogazici board member Bilgehan Acerer.
He told Tug Technology & Business this tug will be stationed in New Caledonia and operated by the Marseille-headquartered offshore and towage group after it is completed, in mid-August 2020.
This tug will be built to support terminal operations and classed for escort and fire-fighting operations. It will have a beam of 12.6 m, maximum draught of 5.6 m, an unmanned engineroom with two 12-valve 4000M63 type diesel engines able to develop 1,500 kW at 1,800 rpm driving two Schottel 360 fixed-pitch Z-drive units providing a full speed of 12 knots.
Accompanying these engines will be two auxiliary generator sets, supplied by Baudouin, of type 6W105S able to generate 99 kW of electricity at 1,500 rpm.
Kraaijeveld will supply the deck machinery including a single split drum escort wowing winch of 35 tonnes and a double drum towing winch on the aft deck with 35 tonnes. There will also be a knuckle deck crane, stern roller and tow pins.
This is expected to be the final tug to be built at this yard as Bogazici will transfer construction to a new shipyard from 2020, said Mr Acerer.
“This shipyard will be completed ready for newbuilding in April 2020,” he said. “It will have the latest indoor and outdoor building facilities with 172-m long, 30-m wide and 30-m high indoor construction hall will four overhead cranes.”
There will be 33,000 m2 of yard space and slipway and a floating dock.
“We are planning to be able to build eight tugboats in different stages simultaneously,” said Mr Acerer.
With the new shipyard, Bogazici plans to build offshore support vessels, ferries, fishing vessels and platform supply vessels.