Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:33

In Memorial Ary Lels

While being on holiday I received the sad message that Mr. Ary M. Lels passed away at the age of 90 years.  A couple of years ago in several maritime magazines I had the honour of publicing articles about the life and visions of Mr. Lels. On several occasions I met him, although it was long after his active career as a director of L. Smit & Co’s Internationale Sleepdienst and later on of the Holland America Line. After his retirement he kept on following the developments in every field of the maritime market. He started his career as a trainee for L. Smit & Co at Rotterdam. One of his first jobs was to assist the management of the company during the clearance of the Suez Canal in 1956/57. Mind, in those years he was only 30 years of age. On board of the tug Noordzee of Smit he had a long conversation with the captain on the upcoming oil-industry in the Persian and Mexican Gulf. He realized that no doubt  oilcompanies would be interested in the oil and gas stocks under the North Sea, that were still in the process of being discovered. When he visited the Mexican Gulf region some months later, he noticed that the first suppliers for drilling platforms were active there, however these ships were not suitable at all for the sometimes rough weather in the North Sea.  He presented his ideas for a company with Dutch suppliers to the management of Smit and of the Rotterdam Lloyd. They were prepared to finance the first Smit-Lloyd suppliers. As we all know the developments went fast and SmitLloyd  became an tremendous success. A second  idea of Mr. Lels was establishing a company for heavy transport at sea. His friend mr. B.van der Laan already started such a business on a modest scale. As the management of Smit was not ready at that time to explore the possibilities of the new ideas of Mr. Lels, he turned to the Holland America Line  and found ways to establish together with business partners Big Lift in 1972.  The life and the ideas of Mr. Lels has been extensively written by himself in his recent book  “Man van de waterkant” of which I received a copy from him personally in the National Towage Museum at Maassluis just a few weeks ago. Mr. Lels had a warm heart for the museum and other institutions for maritime history. It’s a  great loss  for the maritime world  that Mr. Lels has passed away.  
Nico J.Ouwehand (National Dutch Towage Museum, Maassluis, Holland)

Coastal Shipping Publications issued their latest tugs album. This latest Tugs pictorial album Volume 2, documents some of the smaller tugs that used to be seen in Bristol City Docks plus some of the rarer and larger tugs that have paid only one or two visits to the port in recent years. Each photograph is accompanied by an informative caption. The book is a 235 x 155 mm softback edition 64 pages in full colour ISBN 9781902953700. The price is £9.95 and can be ordered  on the link:



Stock CodeBMB77.0
AuthorMcCall B
Page Count64
Publication Date9 May 2016
Publication StatusAvailable
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:12

Sailing Day Maassluis

Saturday, 21th May 2016, the traditional sailing day in Maassluis took place, as every two years by the end of May. The event had been organized by the Towage harbour Maassluis Foundation (Stichting Sleepboothaven Maassluis). ‘Sailing day’ means that any person interested in towage can buy a ticket to do a harbourtrip in the neighbourhood of Maassluis on one of the museumtugs and salvagevessels that usually can be found in our local port, viz. Furie (1916), Elbe (1959) and the salvagevessel Bruinvisch (1937). Also proudly sailing were the small tug Maassluis (1948) as well as Adriaan (1957). Hudson (1938), this time in the outer harbour, was open for visitors. Most welcome guests were Albatros (1959 –ex Bugsier 24) and Baloe (2006 – Herman Sr. B.V.) which performed two great demonstrations. Also Thamesbank, Texelbank and SD Jacoba showed their impressive possibilities. During the festivities Joli L of Landfall passed Maassluis on her way to sea. Mind that Albatros, in the past owned by Jan Kooren Towage,  has now homeport London on her stern. It’s the intention of the foundation to organize next year again a ‘Day of the seagoing Towage Industry’ (Dag van de Zeesleepvaart) during which tugs and suppliers of any owner (also from  foreign countries that happen to be in the Rijnmond region) will be welcome.
(Source: Nico Ouwehand, taken from Tugs, Towing and Offshore Newsletter)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:08

Two Dutch naval tugs out of service

The former Dutch naval tugs A 874 Linge and A 875 Regge are moored at Damen Shipyards Den Helder. The tugs are decommissioned and will be prepared for delivery to their new owner MTS Marine & Towage Services. The tugs are replaced by the brand-new naval tugs A 871 Noordzee and A 872 Waddenzee, both of the type Damen ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid.
(Source Paul Schaap, via Tugs, Towing & Offshore Newsletter  ) 

The Dutch-based shipping company, Vroon, has announced the launch of its new AHTS vessel, the VOS Character. Vroon announced via social media that the launch took place last Thursday, May 12, at the Fujian Southeast Shipyard in Fuzhou, China. VOS Character is a 65 meters long, 6,500 horsepower, DP-2, anchor-handling tug supply vessel and the fourth in a series of such vessels being built at the shipyard for Vroon. The VOS Champion, VOS Chance and VOS Challenge are the remaining three newbuilds for 2016 while the VOS Charisma and VOS Charm are expected in 2017. The company also said that the vessel was scheduled for delivery later this year and would be managed by Vroon Offshore Services.
(Source: Offshore Energy Today, taken from Tugs & Towing Newsletter)

The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512 class was recently handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services B.V. in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. At the ceremony the Lady Sponsor Mrs. Elske de Bruijn-de Vries officially named the vessel and made a widely-appreciated speech praising the technical capabilities of the vessel. Mrs. Elske de Bruijn-de Vries is the wife of Mr. C.A. (Niels) de Bruijn, a member of the executive board of Van Oord, and is well-known for her role in the TV show ‘Het mooiste meisje van de klas’. At 35 metres in length the 3512 is the largest Shoalbuster built to date, yet with a draught of just 2.9 metres it has unrivalled shallow waters capability. Work began on designing the vessel at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in February 2015, with the objective of delivering a multi-purpose workboat capable of undertaking a wide range of roles including towing, mooring, pushing, anchor handling, dredge support, supplying and other support roles. The Damen Shoalbuster range is well known for being exceptionally versatile, capable of handling tasks ranging from short and long distance towing to support for offshore projects such as the construction and maintenance of windfarms. The 3512, with a bollard pull of 56 tonnes, a deck area totalling 145 m²; enough space for seven 20 foot and two 10 foot containers, and an 11.3 tonnes @ 16.5 m deck crane, extends that reputation even further. The Noordstroom is the fifth Damen vessel to join the 14-strong Van Wijngaarden fleet. The first was a second-hand Damen Pushy Cat 42 bought over forty years ago and which is still in active service today. That was followed by three Shoalbusters; one 2609S and two of the 3009 class, and they, along with the other vessels in the fleet, are deployed all over the world. As an illustration of just how flexible the Noordstroom is, as well as her regular equipment she can be fitted with a range of auxiliary modules when needed, including a 50-tonne A-frame with a plough for seabed levelling, a four-point mooring system, an ROV platform and a diving operations platform. The Noordstroom is equipped with tanks capable of storing 255 m³ of fuel oil and 43 m³ of fresh water. Other features include a fresh water maker, a sewage treatment plant and a moonpool (Netto: 700 x 600 mm). The propulsion system of the Noordstroom is powered by three 970 kW Caterpillar C32 ACERT 4-stroke diesel marine engines delivering a total of 2,910 bkW at 1,800rpm. The middle engine is configured with a generator to supply electrical power to the hydraulic deck gear including the crane and winch, as well as the bow thruster. Each engine also has a Reintjes reverse reduction gearbox with built-in hydraulicallyoperated clutch, and drives a Promarin fixed pitch propeller in a Van der Giessen Optima Nozzle. There is also a 300 bhp electrically-driven bow thruster. The two Caterpillar C7.1 main generators on board the vessel generate 187.5 kVA of power each. In addition, one 600 EkW emergency power generator coupled to the centre C32 main engine has been fitted. Other auxiliary equipment include transfer pumps for freshwater and fuel oil, a Westfalia OTC-2 fuel oil separator, and an electricallydriven hydraulic set with two E-motors of 110 kW and 52 kW respectively. The navigation and communication equipment on-board the Noordstroom is tailored to the requirements of global trade. The Noordstroom accommodation provides heated and air-conditioned living spaces, including 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.  The Noordstroom is classed by Bureau Veritas: I # HULL •Mach, Tug Unrestricted navigation • AUT-UMS, with an Anchor Handling notation and sustainable practises onboard resulting in a ‘Clean Ship Notation’ conforming to the IMO’s ‘Green Passport’ regulations. Peter van Wijngaarden, Managing Director of Van Wijngaarden Marine Services, summed up the project. “The Noordstroom is a versatile, innovative, sustainable and very powerful work/tugboat, completely designed to meet the requirements of the current market.”
(Press Release Damen via Towing Line Newsletter)

ALP STRIKER, named at a ceremony held named on May 13, 2016, is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, each with a bollard pull of approximately 300 metric tons. The vessels of the SX157 design are a part of the ALP Future class. Service speed is 13 knots, while their top speed is 19 knots. With a fuel capacity of more than 3,500 cubic meters, they can tow at full power for 45 days, sufficient for nonstop Trans-Atlantic/Indian, Pacific Ocean towing operations without fuel calls. The vessels are constructed by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, Japan. The vessels were developed especially for this project in close collaboration between ALP Striker naming ceremonyship designer Ulstein Design & Solutions AS and ship owner ALP Maritime Services, the latter a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. A vessel of this type typically tows oil rigs, or FPSOs, from the building yards to the installation site at the oil field. In addition, these vessels are outfitted with DP2 and anchor handling capacity in order to assist during the installation/hook-up phase for the towed objects. The vessels are 88.9 meters long and 21 meters wide. At the time of the contract signing, the oceangoing tug market was a new design area to Ulstein, and the largest single contract so far for Ulstein Design & Solutions AS. When developing the design Ulstein had to ensure that each vessel has the sufficient bollard pull and operational reliability to handle even the heaviest tows by only two vessels. Environment and fuel efficiency have also been important criteria. The vessels are classed with DNV’s Clean Design and Ice Class 1B notations, which allow operation also in restricted zones.  Additionally, they are equipped as anchor handling vessels including stern roller, a three-drummed winch with 400-ton hoisting capacity, and with chain lockers for rig chain. The ships have a comfortable and spacious accommodation for 35 persons reflecting long periods at sea. Ulstein is also responsible for the deliveries of main components, such as engines, thrusters and propellers, winch, power distribution and thruster drives, control system and communication system. ALP-Striker-thrustersThe three sister vessels are in different phases of construction. Vessel number two, the ALP Defender, will be the next one to be completed, while vessel number three, the ALP Sweeper, was launched on May 7, 2016. The final vessel will be named the ALP Keeper. Main characteristics: Long Distance Towing; High bollard pull: For the towing of very large floating objects; Also equipped for: Anchor Handling, positioning, mooring; Dynamic Positioning Class II; Worldwide work; Optimal seagoing characteristics (ULSTEIN X-BOW); Fuel efficient; Clean Design; Comfort Class Comf-V (3); Ice Class 1B; Fire Fighting (FiFi II); Cargo deck area: 550 m2; Four engines, capacity 18,000 kW / 600 rpm; Deck cargo 2,400 tons - 10t/m2 Max; Deadweight 4,250 tons.
(Source: MarineLink, via Tugs, Towing & Offshore Newsletter)

Sunday, 15 May 2016 11:53

Webcam Nationaal Sleepvaart Museum

 Deze webcam werd mogelijk gemaakt door ALPHATRON Marine B.V.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:11

GSS adds WIL S. to its Shoalbuster fleet

(By Peter Barker)
GSS Marine Services has increased its Damen tug fleet with the recent christening of the Shoalbuster 3209 'Wil S' at the builder's yard at Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. UK-headquartered GSS Marine Services is an expanding company providing marine construction and support services globally. Involved in a number of sectors including diving support and the offshore renewables industry it was founded with the aim of providing high-quality plant and labour to the Royal Navy. Its continuing relationship with the Ministry of Defence includes as a prime contractor at the Faslane Facility (nuclear submarine base). Photo: Michael Kodde © Based at Rosneath, Argyll & Bute in Scotland GSS also has a presence in mainland Europe with an office at Maassluis the Netherlands, a historic small port close to Rotterdam and regarded as a spiritual home of the Dutch towing industry. The company has a mixed fleet of over 20 vessels, mainly tug/workboats but also including a variety of other plant from RIBs to pontoons and this latest addition to its family adds to the Dutch connection which also includes a number of Eurocarriers in its fleet. So it was a typically grand Dutch christening ceremony at Hardinxveld where Wil S was handed over by Damen's new building manager Mr Peter Baas to GSS Marine Services managing director Mr Jan Peute. Sponsor lady for the vessel was Miss Leanne Peute, daughter of Mr Peute. Shoalbusters are now firmly established as popular and proven multipurpose tug/workboats which as their name suggested are designed around the requirement for working in shallow waters. Dredging support and anchor-handling for cable-layers operating close inshore are typical situations suited to the design. Wil S is classed by Bureau Veritas with the notation: 1+ Hull, Mach, Unrestricted Navigation, AUT-UMS, Dutch Shipping Inspectorate continuous service and flies the Dutch flag, homeported in Maassluis. Its roles include: towing, mooring, pushing, anchor-handling and dredging support. Main dimensions include: length 32.27m, beam 9.35m, depth at half-length at sides 4.4m and shallow draft aft 3.3m. The main engines are two Caterpillar 3512C TA/HD each developing 1,305bkW (1,750bhp) at 1,600rpm and power is transmitted to twin Promarin fixed-pitch propellers turning in 2,250mm V.d. Giessen Optima nozzles via Reintjes WAF773 gearboxes with reduction ratios of 6.44:1. Manoeuvrability is enhanced by a 257kW (350bhp) hydraulically driven bow thruster. Performance figures following trials showed an average and maximum bollard pull ahead of 50.2 tonnes and 50.7 tonnes respectively with free-running speed coming in at 11.6 knots.Auxiliary machinery equipment is extensive and headlined by two Caterpillar C-4.4TA gensets. The fuel separator is a Westfalia type OTC-2 and transfer pumps for water and fuel are VWSI type 8020 with capacity 50m3/hr at 4.8bar. Power for the hydraulics is via a Caterpillar C-18 TA-B engine producing 357kW at 1,800rpm and compressor capacity is 950l/min along with two at 175l/min.Additional auxiliary equipment includes a Hamman Super Mini sewage treatment plant (sufficient for a complement of 12 persons) and a bilge water separator supplied by Facet (type CPS-2.5MkIII) with capacity of 0.5m3/hr. A freshwater manufacturing plant is also included with capacity of 4.5m3/day at sea temperature of 25'C. As is to be expected with Damen's Shoalbusters the deck machinery is comprehensive and reflects the multipurpose roles Wil S will be asked to carry out. DMT Marine Equipment is a Dutch-based deck equipment specialist who in just 15 years has become a global supplier with representation in: Ukraine, China, Turkey and Brazil and its equipment features on the latest tug.On the foredeck a double-drum DMT type AW200-H19K2 hydraulic anchor winch is fitted, rated at 15.3m at 10m/min. Two Pool (HHP) anchors of 360kg each with 220m of 19mm stud-link anchor chain are provided. The afterdeck is provided with a DMT type WATW-H1000KN double-drum towing/anchor-handling winch.
The towing drum has 50 ton pull and 150 ton brake holding power with capacity for 800m of 44mm wire (10m/min). The anchor-handling drum has 100 ton pull and 150 ton brake holding power and this drum holds 600m of 40/50mm wire with capacity of 5m/min.S-Marine supplied an AKC 210 16HE4 deck crane aft (mounted atop the towing guide bracket) with lifting capacity of 6,440kg at 17.07m. Also on the afterdeck, to port is a Dromec HPV-12000 tugger winch, capacity 12t at 12m/min. WK-Hydraulic towing pins are included with SWLs of 50 tons and 75 tons. Tank capacities for Wil S include: 220m3 fuel oil, 40.8m3 fresh water, 7.3m3 lube oil, 3.1m3 hydraulic oil, 4.3m3 dirty oil, 3.3m3 sewage and 4.3m3 bilge water. Damen's usual high standard is evident throughout the accommodation with space for eight persons in two single and three double cabins. Galley, mess room and sanitary facilities comply with ILO regulations. Modern wheelhouses on vessels of this type have come a long way and a typical horseshoe-shaped console with two centre-line seats is provided along with duplicate manoeuvring controls overlooking the aft deck. Starboard side forward is home to a chart table. Furuno features extensively in the navigation equipment fit including: FAR-2117 radar, GP-150D GPS, FE700 echo sounder, NX700 Navtex, BR-500 bridge watch alarm and FA-150 AIS. Communications provision meets GMDSS Area A3 requirements and includes: two Sailor RT6222 VHFs, two Jotron TR20 handheld VHFs, a Sailor 6210 SSB/DSC set, Two Inmarsat C Sailor 6110 sets, a Thrane model 6310 SSB, a Sigma 700 intercom system and finally a Globesurfer III GSM telephone.
Source: .maritimejournal

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:56

Art Impressions of Towage (65)

The Dutch National Towage Museum took a different tack from the 14th of May 2016 with this exhibition. Renowned Dutch maritime painters, together with students from the Art and Culture Academy in Maassluis, present a fascinating insight into the rich world of Dutch towage. Due to the large number of works on display, the exhibition space has on this occasion been extended to include the historic ocean going tug "Hudson" (1939). (The tug "Hudson" left Holland just prior to the outbreak of World War II and returned 66 months later.) This exhibition marks the realisation of a long held desire for the National Towage Museum. Where previous exhibitions often presented the tug in a technical or historical light, the impression of towage in this new exhibition takes a different tack. The elegant and powerful tugs, together with the mark left by the towage industry on the local community of Maassluis, have formed the main inspiration for the artists. Works are on display by Fred Boom, Hans Breeman, Willem Eerland, Ron de Jong-Beekhuijsen, Robert Murk, Ronald van Rikxvoort and Lenie Simons Molenwijk. The works by members of the Art and Culture Academy Maassluis are centred around four themes: 'Tugs by night' (large acrylic paintings), 'Tugs in action' (water colours), 'Water' (sculptures and ceramics) and 'a Seaman's life' (acrylic on wood panel). The inspiration for this last theme was the Dutch television epic 'Hollands Glorie'. "Impressions of Towage" includes a diverse collection of dynamic works and objects providing a fascinating picture of how artists from Maassluis and elsewhere view the Dutch Towing industry. The exhibition will be opened on Saturday May 14th, 2016 at 11:00 o'clock on board the tug "Hudson". "Impressions of Towage" ("Meeslepende Expressies" in Dutch) could be seen from May 14th till September 18th 2016 in the National Towage Museum and tug "Hudson". The Hudson" is moored next to the National Towage Museum, Hoogstraat 1, Maassluis. For further information on this exhibition or the National Towage Museum, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +31 (0)10 5912474 or Maarten Helwig, +31 (0)6 33008733, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Annemieke Lub-Lucieer, +31 (06) 51561770, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Art and Culture Academy Maassluis).

Please download and have a look at the exhibition guide by pressing the blue buttons underneath (this document is only available in Dutch):

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