Brazilian towage group Starnav has completed its latest tug newbuilding campaign to bolster its fleet capabilities in South America ports
Detroit shipyard in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, has built eight escort tugs for Starnav Serviços Maritimos in an US$80M campaign, financed by Brazil’s Merchant Marine Fund.
The last of these tugs, Starnav Alpha, was delivered at the end of April and will operate in the Port of Rio Grande.
These escort tugs have 80 tonnes of bollard pull, a maximum speed of 12.5 knots, overall length of 32 m, beam of 11.6 m and draught of 4.1 m.
These azimuthing tugs have render-recovery escort winches on the bow and FiFi1 external fire-fighting systems.
Delivery of Starnav Alpha increases Starnav’s fleet to 30 tugs. Starnav, part of the Detroit SA Group, took delivery of sister tug Starnav Tiaki in March which was mobilised to Rio de Janeiro.
Starnav has ordered four more tugs of the same type at the Detroit shipyard as part of its commitment to reinforce the Brazilian port towage sector.
It recently opened a training centre in Macaé for technical, operational and safety training on tugs with a navigation simulator and a diesel engine for practical classes.
Another Brazilian owner is increasing its fleet with newbuildings ordered from a domestic shipbuilder.
H Dantas Group, which operates 12 Brazilian ports, has gained approval to build 10 new harbour tugs at Estaleiro Rio Maguari, Pará state.
These will be operated by its subsidiary Sulnorte, which manages a fleet of 20 tugs for harbour operations, deepsea towage, offshore operations, salvage and emergency response. Of these, 15 were built at H Dantas’s own shipyard in Barra dos Coqueiros, Sergipe.
The new tugs will be built to Robert Allan RAmparts 2500 design with 75 tonnes of static traction. The first of these 25-m tugs is due to be delivered in April 2021, with the rest completed by 2024.
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