Cheoy Lee, SYM Naval and Armon shipyards won orders for newbuild tugs as more than 10 vessels were ordered
Cheoy Lee secured contracts to build five harbour tugs for the Tanzania Ports Authority for delivery in 2021. These are azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs designed by Robert Allan as RAmparts 3200-CL 32-m tugs. Three will have bollard pulls of around 70 tonnes and two of 55 tonnes.
Part of Cheoy Lee’s orderbook includes two ASD escort tugs ordered by Yiu Lian. These 32-m tugs are being built to a Robert Allan RAstar 3200-CL design. Hai Kun is scheduled for delivery in May 2020 and Hai Peng in June 2020.
SYM Naval is building two harbour tugs to its SYM 007 design for Boluda Towage subsidiary Pontemar. These are being constructed with reduced length and draught to conduct vessel manoeuvring safely in tight waterways in Argentina.
When these are delivered in Q3 and Q4 2020 they will be employed in the port of Buenos Aires and along the Paraná-Paraguay waterway system.
In another newbuilding contract, Armon Shipyards is building two salvage and rescue tugs for the Spanish Government. These vessels will be built to a Salvamar design for emergency response in all sea conditions up to Beaufort 10, according to BRL Shipping Consultants.
They will have a range of 400 nautical miles and maximum speed of 36 knots. They are scheduled to be delivered in Q1 2021.
These orders boosted the number of tugs ordered in 2019 to over 100, according to BRL Shipping, including 87 harbour tugs, four salvage tugs and nine articulated tug-barge units.
The worldwide orderbook for tugs now stands at 335.
Cheoy Lee Shipyards built Rotortugs for Kotug International in 2019. FMG Sandtiger and FMG Sawfish were then mobilised to Port Headland, Western Australia, to support Fortescue Metals Group’s mining and export operations.
Smart tug operations and newbuilding orders will be discussed at various Riviera Maritime Media conferences and exhibitions in 2020