Shipyards in east and south Asia were busy delivering newbuildings in Q3 2018
There was an increase in tug newbuilding deliveries in Q3 2018, compared with Q2, with Asian shipyards leading the way in completions. Overall, Tug Technology & Business noted 42 deliveries in July-September 2018 with 14, or 33%, built in Asian shipyards for domestic operators and for export.
PaxOcean Engineering Zhuhai Co was busy completing tugs in Q3. It delivered two escort and berthing support tugs to PSA Marine in Singapore. These azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugs, PSA Thor and PSA Hulk, were built to the same Robert Allan design and classed by Lloyd’s Register. They are RAmparts 3200 design tugs with 32-m overall length and a 12-m beam.
PSA Thor and PSA Hulk have an operating draught of 5.5 m and accommodation for a crew of four. During sea trials, both tugs demonstrated ahead bollard pulls of 82 tonnes and free running speeds of 12.5 knots.
Their main propulsion comes from a pair of Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines, each rated 2,525 kW at 1,800 rpm driving a pair of Schottel SRP 510FP Z-drive units with a 280-cm diameter fixed pitch propeller.
PSA Thor and PSA Hulk have Cummins QSM11-M diesel gensets and escort towing winches on the bow and towing winches on their aft deck supplied by Rolls-Royce. They have FiFi1 fire monitors and pumps supplied by Fire Fighting Systems driven off the starboard main engine.
PaxOcean is building two dual-fuel harbour tugs for PSA Marine’s Singapore operations for delivery in 2019. The group is also building eight harbour tugs for Formosa Plastics subsidiary Mailiao Harbor Administration Corp.
Cheoy Lee Shipyards completed two RAstar 3200 design and Lloyd’s Register-classed tugs for SAAM Smit Towage Canada. SST Grizzly and SST Orca were mobilised to Vancouver, Canada to join the local fleet in October. Cheoy Lee also delivered Eugene, an ASD tug of RAstar 3200 design, to the Kenya Ports Authority and had three RAmparts design tugs close to completion in October.
Also in China, Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard delivered at least five tugs to Chinese operators in Q3. Its latest delivery was ASD tugboat Yangkoutuo 5, built for Nantong Yangkou Port Co on 25 September. This tug has a total power of 3,240 kW and will be used for manoeuvring and berthing ships in Nantong Yangkou Port.
Jiangsu Zhenjiang was close to completing two other tugboats during October after launching them on 20 September. Each of these ASD tugs has total power of 3,824 kW and were built for unnamed domestic owners.
It also delivered ASD tug Fu Gang Tuo 5 to the operator of Fuzhou Port on 29 August. This is an ASD harbour tug with a total power capability of 2,942 kW built to assist ships berthing at terminals. On 23 August, Jiangsu Zhenjiang hosted a dual tug delivery ceremony for Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group Co. These two ASD tugs have different power ratings, with Zhougangtuo 32 capable of developing 5,000 kW of energy and Gangxingtuo 234 having a capacity of 3,676 kW.
Jiangsu Zhenjiang is building two ASD 40/35 pilot/tugboats for Tianjin Port to a Robert Allan design and China Classification Society (CCS)’s i-Ship notation. Sanlin Shipyard also started construction of two ASD 35/50 tugs for Tianjin Port in August to this i-Ship notation. All four vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 and Q3 2019. They will be equipped with intelligent navigation, engineroom, efficiency management and control centre systems to comply with CCS’s notation.
Elsewhere in Asia, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works handed over an azimuthing tug to the Pakistan Navy. This tugboat had an overall length of 34 m, a displacement of 481 tonnes, a bollard pull of 32 tonnes and speed of 12 knots. It is propelled by two diesel engines and azimuthing thrusters. In India, Hindustan Shipyard completed harbour tug Krittika for Deendayal Port. This was built to the yard’s own design with 50 tonnes of bollard pull.
In Russia, Pella Shipyard completed two tugs for domestic operations. One was a naval tug built for the Russian Navy and the other is a terminal tug delivered to the operator of a tanker loading terminal in De-Kastri, east Russia.
Other notable deliveries