November 22nd, 2016

The contract has been signed between Van Wijngaarden Marine Services and Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for the build and delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 3512, to be named the LINGESTROOM. This will bring the total number of Shoalbusters in the Van Wijngaarden fleet to five including the NOORDSTROOM, also a Shoalbuster 3512, which was delivered in April 2016.
Van Wijngaarden Marine Services operates a modern, 15-strong fleet that delivers a wide range of support and supply services on a global basis to the maritime construction and offshore energy industries as well as port services and towage.
The 3512 is the largest model in the Shoalbuster range at 35 metres and like its smaller sister-ships is designed to be a multi-purpose workboat capable of undertaking a wide variety of roles including towing, mooring, pushing, anchor handling, dredge support, supplying and other support assignments. All the Shoalbusters are well known for their exceptional versatility, particularly in shallow water, and their ability to take on just about any task. The 3512 combines a bollard pull of 55 tonnes with a deck area totaling 145 m²; enough space for seven 20 ft and two 10 ft containers, and an 11.3 tonnes @ 16.5 m deck crane, making it a formidable all-round workboat.
“The NOORDSTROOM has had an excellent reception from our clients and has been busy since we took delivery”, said Peter van Wijngaarden, Managing Director of Van Wijngaarden Marine Services. “This gives us the confidence to go ahead and order a second 3512, particularly as the offshore wind sector is likely to be a strong source of demand. Like NOORDSTROOM, the LINGESTROOM will be equipped to undertake all the roles that are necessary to support offshore windfarms and other marine construction, as well as much more besides.”
“We are delighted that Van Wijngaarden Marine Services has ordered a second Shoalbuster 3512 in twelve months at our yard,” added Jos van Woerkum, managing director at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. “This is certainly due in part to the excellent cooperation between the management and team of Van Wijngaarden Marine Services and the production team at our yard. This ensures that we can guarantee a fast delivery time and rapid deployment of the vessel.”
The Shoalbuster 3512 is also a popular design with the crew who work on board. The climate-controlled accommodation includes a captain’s cabin, two single crew cabins, four double crew cabins, a galley, a mess, and sanitary facilities. There is even an office for the client, complete with V-SAT connection. The facilities comply with ILO2006 rules, and can take up to 11 persons.
These Shoalbusters are exceptionally versatile and robust tug/work boats,” concluded Peter van Wijngaarden. “Just what we need in today’s market.”
Delivery is due at the end of April 2017.

from: Towing Line, Hans van der Ster

Monday, 07 November 2016 15:03

New tug ARASHI for Iskes IJmuiden

The year 2016 promises to be another interesting year for Ijmuiden-based Iskes Towage & Salvage with delivery of a new Damen 2810 tug to report along with progress on its newbuilding EDDY tug also due this year.

Before we take a detailed look at the Damen delivery it is worth reminding ourselves of Iskes’ activities. It operates a fleet of around fifteen modern mainly ASD tugs and is active in harbour towage, offshore services and emergency response. Iskes’ harbour towage activities are mainly based at Amsterdam and Ijmuiden, towage provision at the latter dating back to 1928. It is also now operating in nearby Rotterdam with of late the ASD tugs Brent and Mercurius working in Europe’s busiest port.

Delivery of the EDDY Tug 24-70 by Holland Shipyard, to be named Telstar promises to be one of the more interesting stories of the year no doubt returned to in this column. In the meantime, Iskes has another new tug to integrate into its family with recent delivery of the Damen ASD 2810 tug Arashi.

The new addition is classed by Bureau Veritas, flies the Dutch flag and is homeported in Ijmuiden. Looking in detail at Arashi’s main dimensions: length overall is 25.78m, length extreme 27.9m, length including fenders 28.67m, beam moulded 9.8m, extreme beam (including fenders) 10.43m, depth moulded 4.6m, draught 4.8m and air draught 18m.

Main propulsion is provided by Caterpillar via two 3516C main engines each developing 1,865kW at 1,600rpm driving Rolls-Royce US 205 azimuth thrusters. Auxiliary equipment includes two Caterpillar C4.4 TA gensets each developing 107kVA. Tank capacities include 72.3m3 of gas oil, 14.9m3 of fresh water and 15.7m3 of ballast. Performance figures quoted are 62.2tbp and speed 13.6kn.

Iskes has included a comprehensive deck equipment specification with Arashi. Damen DMT winches are fitted forward and aft, forward a hydraulically-driven towing and anchor winch has a 32 ton pull (at 9.2m/min) and 150 ton brake load. On the aft deck a hydraulically-driven double drum towing winch is installed with a 33 ton pull at 9.5m/min and 35 ton pull at 9m/min, brake load is also 150 tons. Towing provision is supplemented by a Mampaey 650kN SWL towing hook.

Deck space aft is 90m2 and additional deck equipment includes a Heila HLM 20-3S crane capable of lifting 2,000kg (including winch lifting power). A five-ton load capstan is also provided and the tug has fire-fighting capabilities via two monitors delivering a total of 1,200m3/min.

Main supplier of navigation and communication equipment on board are Furuno who supply: two radars, satellite compass, GPS, echo sounder, Navtex, AIS, SSB and Inmarsat C terminals. Sailor and Jotrun supplied the main and portable VHF sets and EPIRB and SART and Simrad the autopilot.

By Peter Barker

- See more at: http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/tugs,-towing-and-salvage/investment-continues-at-iskes-towage-and-salvage#sthash.XO7zbVMm.dpuf

Sunday, 06 November 2016 10:36

Save the SMIT-LLOYD 1

The moment of truth is there. The very last version of the original A-class Smit-Lloyd suppliers is about to disapear. We are talking about the former “Smit-Lloyd 1”, built in 1965 en the second vessel in de Smit-Lloydfleet. Since 2013 operating under the name of “Deep Offshore”. The condition of the ship is excellent but the current owners have decided to take it out of commission due to lack of employment. At this time there are negotiations between a group of passionate shiplovers and the owners to try to get the former “Smit-Lloyd 1” back home and save it from the scrap yards. We need the amount of 250.000 US dollars (or 230.000 euro’s) to be able to buy the vessel. And then we need some more for transportation, either with a fully certified crew, or maybe the possibility of a semi-submergible pontoon. In the first case we need insurance, food and fuel supply. In the second case…. well, no company will do this transportation for free… At this moment we are looking into ways to set up a foundation to try to raise the money through crowd funding/sponsoring/donations. Buying the ship and getting it back to the Netherlands is one thing. Maintaining it is something else. We need docking facilities, a group of volunteers and the list goes on. But every journey starts with the first step and that is buying the vessel. I’m confident more steps will follow once the first step is taken. We need all the expertise we can get in this matter. Like the Americans say: “Put your money where your mouth is!” On the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Smit-Lloyd-11770022119922751/?fref=ts you will find the initiator of this project mr. Leroy Smith.

For the installation of a new boiler the steam tugboat NOORDZEE has been towed from Medemblik to Willemsoord Museum Harbour in Den Helder, the Netherlands. The NOORDZEE was built in 1922 at the Janssen & Schmilinsky yard in Hamburg, Germany, and was fitted out with a compound steam engine and Scottish boiler made by Blohm & Voss. The owner of the tug is the Steamtug Noordzee Foundation. The photograph shows the departure of the Noordzee from Medemblik and was pushed by the tugboat Zeeleeuw. (Tugs, Towing & Offshore Newsletter).

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:15

Tug STEENBANK saved from demolition

A joint action from two entrepreneurs with a large dedication for the Dutch tug and towing heritage and a group of dedicated volunteers have made it possible to save the 1250 HP coastal / Harbour tug Steenbank (build 1960 ) from final demolition. Sunday October 23 the Tugboat port Maassluis was enjoying a great moment when the Tug Albatros (build 1959 ) also voluntarily towed the crippled Steenbank into the Outer harbour after a successful towage trip from IJmuiden. The Steenbank was assisted by the former Smit harbour tug Maassluis (1948). By welcoming the Steenbank, Maassluis Tugboat harbour is consisting of a fleet of not less than 9 museum vessels related to the  heritage of the first harbour on the Waterway. Together with the National Tugboat Museum, Maassluis is offering a unique remembrance of Ships, objects and other materials from the past hundred years of towing history. The Steenbank will be totally renovated into here original NRS Livery. (from: Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter).


Steenbank I 26203


Specifications and short history (courtesy of The Tugslist / Piet van Damme):


Registered: LR66-67:533974
IMO 5339743 /(NLD)brand:10810 Z Rott 1960 /(NLD)IVR 27.10810
183 GRT, L30,38m(28,00), B7,55m, Dr2,99m, Dp3,81m  (99'8"x24'9"x9'10")
1 fpp +nozzle, d-e., 2x diesel 4t 8cyl K.H.Deutz (nr.2599726/33 +2599718/25) type BA.8M.528, 1240bhp-912kW total @750rpm, sp 11kn, bp 13t


1960 -16/11: Launched by "Scheepswerf v/h H.H. Bodewes" at Millingen (NLD) (YN 560)  (keel laid 02/06/1960)
1960 -16/12: delivered to "L. Smit & Co's Internationale Sleepdienst Mij NV" at Rotterdam (NLD)
        (NLD flag, regd Rotterdam, brand:10810 Z Rott 1960, IVR 27.10810, c/s PHSF)
1961 (31/05): chartered to "NRS - Nieuwe Rotterdamse Sleepdienst" at Rotterdam (NLD)
1972 -xx/07 (10/04): To "Smit Internationale Havensleepdiensten BV" at Rotterdam (NLD), renamed ASTROLOOG
        (NLD flag, regd Rotterdam, c/s PCVO)
1980 -xx/04: To the "Belgische Zeemacht" at Oostende (BEL) (for 25,000,000.-Bef), renamed C/Lt VALCKE (pennant A 950)
        (BEL flag, regd Oostende)
1985 -27/02: damaged in a collision with UK ferry 'European Enterprise' off Zeebrugge (BEL)
1994: laid up
1996: refit and back in service
2007: still in service


Pict. Fotoboek Belg. Zeemacht p.93 +142

The tug Steenbank this week recounted the demolition yard Treffers in Haarlem to the Jetty of Iskes in IJmuiden where the ship will be made ready for the transport to Maassluis. The first Europoort tug with an installed engine power of 1,250 HP will be renovated in its former repair/maintenance port Maassluis and completely restored to its original NRS (Nieuwe Rotterdamse Sleepdienst) colors. The name NRS comes back again as the owner of the ship has chosen the initials in a name. To know Nostalgic Rotterdam Tugs. The tug was built in 1960 by Scheepswerf v/h H.H. Bodewes – Millingen; Netherlands under number 560 and delivered to L. Smit & Co's Internationale Sleepdienst Mij NV – Rotterdam. In 1961 chartered to NRS - Nieuwe Rotterdamse Sleepdienst – Rotterdam. In 1972 transferred to Smit Internationale Havensleepdiensten BV - Rotterdam and renamed Astroloog. In 1980 sold to the Belgium Navy – Oostende and renamed Valcke (pennant A 950). In 1985  damaged in a collision with UK ferry European Enterprise off Zeebrugge. In 1994 laid up. In 1996 refit and back in service. She has a length of 30.38 mtrs a beam of 7.55 mtrs and a depth of 3.81 mtrs. The twp Deutz diesel engine have a total output of 912 kW (1,250 bhp) with a free sailing speed of 11 knots and a bollard pull of 13 tons.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:08

Harbour tug ARGUS for sale

It is reported that the 1955 built Dutch harbour tug Argus is for sale at a bankruptcy auction. The ug is berthed in Hendrik Ido Ambacht; Netherlands. The tug was built by NV Scheepswerf v/h H.H. Bodewes – Millingen; Netherlands under number 495 and delivered to L. Smit & Co's Internationale Sleepdienst Maatschappij – Rotterdam as Argus. In 1972 transferred to Smit Internationale Havensleepdiensten BV- Rotterdam. In 1985 sold to Juillit Overseas Corp Ltd. – Panama and renamed Argus 1. In nthe same year arrested after a wild pursuit by Dutch river-police near Hoek van Holland for drugs-traffic, chained at the Entrepothaven by Dienst der Domeinen, laid up at Den Helder; Netherlands. In 1989 sold to J. Nijhof - OudBeijerland; Netherlands. In 1995 sold to J. Hoornstra & A. Dijkstra – Jubbega; Netherlands used as houseboat at Drachten; Netherlands. In 2002  sold to F. van Santen – Kootstertille; Netherlands and renamed Antje 6. In the same year sold to Ad Stolk Schepen BV - Hendrik Ido Ambacht, Netherlands and re-renamed Argus. In 2010 sold to G. den Boer – Zwijndrecht; Netherlands. She has a length of 26.45 mtrs a beam of 6.90 mtrs and a depth of 2/90 mtrs. The Smit-Man diesel engine delivers an output 386 kW (575 bhp) and a free sailing speed of 10 knots.
(from: Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter/Hans van der Ster)

Calls are being made for a Hull museum dedicated to tugs and a famous city firm. In its heyday, United Towing Company Ltd employed around 500 people and boasted a fleet of around 30 docking and river tugs, and 12 ocean-going salvage tugs. But Michael Hussey, chairman of the United Towing and Salvage Society, believes more needs to be done to recognise the contribution tugs made to Hull. He said: "It is disappointing to me personally, and the society in general, that so little has been made by the city to promote this fantastic and relevant maritime history and heritage.
(Source: Hull Daily Mail / Towing Line.com)

Thursday, 22 September 2016 18:53

100 Years steam seagoing tugboat FURIE

Steam tug FURIE: The lady turns 100!


The Dutch National Towage Museum of Maassluis in Holland celebrated this fact in 2016 with a new exhibition dedicated to the working life and museum period of this last remaining seagoing steam tug of the Netherlands. The new exchange exhibition opened on September 24th 2016. This show gave a wide overview of the building, working life of the tug, the TV series in which it figured and her life as sailing heritage museum. Her owner, the Foundation Dutch Glory, has not only preserved the tug but has always been keen to obtain photos and information about the ship and her history. All this is now was on display at the National Towage Museum of the Netherlands with unique photographs, films, documents and special objects. The celebrated tug herself is moored in front of the museum.  The opening of the exchange exhibition was the start of a number of events to celebrate the 100st anniversary of the FURIE. The highlight of festivities was the Furieade festival on October 1st and 2nd 2016 in Maassluis.

DSC 1129 furie in aanbouwThe beginning.

In the year 1916, in Holland, by newbuilding shipyard Bodewes, two steam tugs were launched. One of these, the GEBROEDERS BODEWES VI (in English: Brothers Bodewes VI), was after a long career in Sweden to return to the Netherlands for a unique second life. A Dutch television Network, AVRO, required an authentic Dutch steam tug for the film version of the famous book ‘Captain Jan’ by Jan de Hartog. An intensive international search resulted in only one, but perfect, candidate – in Sweden. That was the tug HOLMVIK (Swedish for Island Bay) and she would be the star in the 1978 tv series ‘Dutch Glory’. The GEBROEDERS BODEWES VI was part of a series of almost sister ships that were built on the shipyard's own account and risk during the First World War. Building started in 1915 and in 1916 the ship was available for sale. The ship was of a simple but proven design and build to high standards. The original lay-out featured only one mast, no deckhouse and only a small wheelhouse. The main accommodation was aft below decks. It lasted until 1918 before an export license could be obtained and in March of that year with ‘SVERIGE’ painted on the sides to evidence DSC 1130 holmen IIIneutrality as a safeguard against attacks on the tug, now called ‘HOLMEN III (het eiland) undertook the voyage from the Netherlands to Sweden. A major conversion already took place in 1920 when a deckhouse ("walegang") on the sides and a much larger wheelhouse were added in view of the harsher weather conditions on the Baltic Sea. Her new owner was a Swedish paper mill that obtained tree logs higher up in the Baltic Sea. The logs would be chained together into floats up to 9000 m3 and the task of the HOLMEN III was to tow these to the factory in Norrkoping. For certain a slow passage with just 450 ihp engine power. With the exception of the Second World War, when the tug was requisitioned by the Swedish Navy, the HOLMEN III towed those log floats until 1976. As from 1969 in ownership of her last captain as HOLMVIK. 

Holmen IIITelevision series. 

Originally, the television network contemplated just to hire the tug for a few months but captain Akerlund was only willing to sell the tug. And so the network bought the vintage tug and she sailed under the command of the later harbour master of Amsterdam and a volunteer crew to IJmuiden in the Netherlands. After a small conversion, during which modern features like radar were removed and to make it possible to feature as two different tugs at the same time (FURIE and JAN VAN GENT), the FURIE was towed to Bantry Bay in Ireland by Smit International for filming and afterwards towed back to Holland by Wijsmuller.

Dutch Glory.

With the series still being showed on television, a group of towage enthousiasts in Maassluis, The Netherlands, former home port of Smit, were wondering about the future of the unique tug. Quick action resulted in sufficient funds to salvage the tug from the breakers and the municipality of Maassluis provided a prominent berth in front of former 16th century town hall, now residence of the National Dutch Towage Museum. In 1980 the refit was completed to the extent that the FURIE was able to sail again under own steam. This milestone was celebrated with a big maritime event in Maassluis during which key actor Hugo Metsers stood one more time as captain Jan Wandelaar on the bridge of ‘his’ tug. The event was such a success that since then, every year this Maritime event with vintage tugs and other historic craft is held in Maassluis.


de FURIE sleept houtvlotten in Zweden100 years.

Nothing or nobody reaches that age care free. After obtaining ownership of the tug in 1978, the foundation ‘Hollands Glorie’ painstakingly and successfully restored and conserved the FURIE so that she now has an official status as operational museum. The volunteers ensure that the old lady remains fully certified to be able to sail under own steam for many years to come. Major maintenance projects were the boiler tube refit of the still original boiler and complete overhaul of the main steam engine. Frequently the tug takes part in maritime events in Holland which is a reward for the volunteers and a joy for visitors and paying guests. Tranquillity on deck and heat, hissing of steam and a reciprocating steam engine in the engine room below.  

National Dutch Towage Museum.

The goal of the Dutch National Towage Museum is to preserve and to display to a wide public the history of the Dutch towage industry, the people who worked in the industry on board and ashore with past or present day companies, at sea or on inland waters, by means of two exchange exhibitions per year and a permanent exhibition. The museum has a large collection of models, photographs, artefacts, library and documents.


For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 010 – 5912474. Stichting Nationaal Sleepvaart Museum Hoogstraat 1-3,3142 EA Maassluis www.nationaalsleepvaartmuseum.nl


Monday, 19 September 2016 16:01

Mersey Tugs Through Time

The main role of the tug is to assist vessels in the river or within the dock system by moving them by pushing or towing. They are also used to tow barges or platforms which have no engines or methods of propulsion. Tugs are designed to be highly manoeuvrable and powerful as they normally work with large vessels in restricted spaces. The main towing companies operating on the Mersey in the twentieth century were J. & J. H. Rea Limited, Liverpool Screw Towing Company and the Alexandra Towing Company Limited.

Mersey tugs were employed to work with passenger liners, cargo vessels, oil tankers and other vessels working on the river. The modern tug is equipped with azimuthing thrusters or Voith Schneider Vertical propellers which enable them to generate the thrust required for towing the larger vessels which are now being built. In this book, Ian Collard charts the development of the Mersey tug from the late nineteenth century to the present day.


- See more at: https://www.amberley-books.com/discover-books/transport-industry/mersey-tugs-through-time.html#sthash.Pba9aFRQ.dpuf

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