Pacific Tug uses digital technology for planning, executing and monitoring ocean-going towage projects around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia
Australia-headquartered Pacific Tug has more than 50 years' experience in coastal international towage. Its latest fleet includes five twin-screw tugs that are dedicated to ocean-going and coastal towage. According to chief executive Chris Peters, Pacific Tug also provides dredging support, maritime logistics, marine construction support, inshore and harbour towage and offshore support services.
“Our areas of operations are Australasia including Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. Our experience, capabilities and resources ensure we provide a solution for any towage, marine construction support, dredging support or in-harbour client requirements.”
Pacific Tug’s long distance ocean-going towage vessels include PT Monto, a 31m twin tug and PT Fortitude that is 34m and also twin screw. Pacific Tug also operates three twin-screw tugs for coastal towage, 26m PT Kythira and 23.5m PT Zarka and PT Kotor. All of the tugs operate under the Australian flag administration and have safety management systems and Bureau Veritas’ quality management system. It also operates a fleet of harbour tugs and inshore towing tugs.
Pacific Tug partners with its clients to provide a comprehensive towage execution plan for complex marine transportation projects. It then dedicates its maintained tugs and experienced crew to the project. Marine towages begin with an assessment of the equipment to be transported to select the tugs with the correct capabilities, said Mr Peters.
The intended transit route is assessed and a voyage plan is set up. Pacific Tug uses weather routeing and passage planning using the latest electronic navigational charts to plan the transit. Once towage has commenced, the project is monitored by a shore-based team. This team follows the tugs and route in real-time using satellite coverage for live vessel tracking and data transfers.
The tug crew can also monitor the voyage in real-time using electronic chart displays and the latest electronic navigational charts from hydrographic offices in the region. This provides accurate and continuous position monitoring displayed to the navigator. The electronic chart displays improve the safety of navigation, especially when transiting environmentally sensitive areas, such as the Great Barrier Reef.
The passage planning, execution and monitoring is documented in the Pacific Tug fleet operations manual. This provides marine staff with the procedures, policies, support and guidance collated from decades of tug operational experience. Mr Peters said the operations manual had been audited by national authorities and been approved by oil companies for towage of oil and gas project cargo, such as for the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects.
The towage plans provided by Pacific Tug are regularly assessed by independent marine surveyors.
They form the basis to the work method statements provided for the towage operations.
The towage plans and towing diagrams are facilitated through in-house drafting capacity and experienced towage masters working in the shore-based team.
Pacific Tug maintains its tug fleet of up to 22 vessels using its own engineering team based at the Brisbane marine centre. The engineering team can move to other areas if required. It also has a base in Bundaberg with a quayside berth and laydown areas. Pacific Tug has a joint venture with Mackenzie Marine to offer coastal, harbour and ocean-going towage. Wide Bay Shipping Services has harbour towage service provision in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Eden, Fremantle and Esperance.
Pacific Tug fleet
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