Bulk cargo shipping group Nibulon has launched a second T410 harbour pusher tug from its shipyard in Ukraine as it expands cargo capacity
This is part of a four-tug newbuilding series as port owners in the Middle East, DP World and QTerminals, invest in Ukrainian terminals to increase exports and imports.
Nibulon launched the first T410 project tug in April 2020 and is completing this one to push non-self-propelled vessels, up to 3,000 dwt, in barge convoys. A series of 121M project tugs and non-self-propelled project vessels are also being constructed at its Ukraine shipyard.
After launching the second T410 harbour pusher tug, Nibulon specialists have started outfitting works, installing the Scania main engines and rudder propellers, supplied by DTG Propulsion.
The tugs will carry out mooring operations, cargo trips in shallow waters, while servicing non-self-propelled machinery and other floating equipment. Overall length will be 15.45 m, breadth 6.70 m, hull depth 1.85 m and draught 1.20 m with a loaded displacement of 80 tonnes and speed of 5-7 knots.
Their deck and mooring equipment comprise of an anchor-mooring winch, a manual capstan, a quick release towing hook, a deck manual boat crane and hydraulic coupling winches. Hydraulic coupling winches automatically maintain a continuous load on the ropes on both sides, thereby increasing the service life of the coupling ropes, said Nibulon.
“A vertically movable wheelhouse with 360º visibility also contributes to its efficient operation,” Nibulon said. “The wheelhouse can be raised or lowered up to 2.4 m within 180 seconds, thereby increasing the visibility range and visible horizon. These design solutions guarantee navigation safety.”
On the fourth 121M tug, shipbuilders are forming the vessel’s hull from the first of four sections on the building berth.
Specialists in the metal processing workshop continue preparing metal to produce the parts for a wheelhouse, bulwarks, and foundations for the future vessel. The assembly fabrication workshop is working on the section assembly.
Tug operations, engine performance and propulsion systems will be discussed in depth during Riviera Maritime Media’s series of webinars in Q3 2020, use this link for more details