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)

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

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):

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:45

New SAAM (Smit) tug RAMBALA

SAAM SMIT Towage (SST), a joint venture between SAAM and Royal Boskalis Westminster which operates in Canada, Mexico Panama and Brazil, has received a new tugboat to join its fleet in Panama. Built in Rumania by Damen shipyard, SST Rambala belongs to the ASD 2913 series and is characterized by being a compact, maneuverable and powerful tugboat, ideal for crowded ports and waterways with limited space, as well as including firefighting capacity, SST said. The new vessel has a length of 29 meters, CAT 3516C 6772 BHP at 1,800 rpm (total) engines, and an 83 tons bollard pull. It will provide services in Manzanillo Terminal Internacional (MIT). "The purchase of SST Rambala is a proactive decision that seeks to prepare our fleet in Panama for the opening of the Canal's new locks, which is expected to increase the size of the ships docking in the country's terminals," explained Marcelo Jullian, CEO of SAAM Smit Towage for Mexico, Canada and Panama.
(Source: MarineLink)

Thursday, 28 April 2016 16:27

Tug TRITON rebuilt with Lego®

Last week (april 2016) Master Lego® shipbuilder Edwin Korstanje delivered a new Lego® model that was built in commission for Iskes Towage. The replica of the TRITON was built on scale 1/62 with almost 6000 Lego® parts and has an open visible engine room, with two ABC engines and two Scania generators, independent working winches, folding crane and 55 mini leds and many other details. If you are also interested in a Lego model of your ship, please contact Master Lego® shipbuilder Edwin Korstanje via +316-53688698 or by email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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taken from: Piet Sinke Maasmond News

The latest newsletter of the National Towage Museum dated April 2016 is published!

You will find the newsletter in the News category in this website, from where you can download this document, and on Facebook. If you would like to receive the news bulletins directly on your personal mail account, please let us know on the mail page in this website in the Contact chapter.

The newsletter is published quarterly, in January, April, July and October.
Note: the newsletter is published in the Dutch language only. If you are really interested in a particular item, please contact us and we will inform you more thoroughly.

This bulletin contains:

- preface from the chairman, who memorizes the death of Mr. Frits Stigter, one of the founders and pioneers of our museum. His photo collection was donated to the museum.
- This newsletter contains the following chapters: The extension of our morse decoder, an enhanced Ship-simulator, progression of our Visitors Information System, that contains now more than 1.000 tug names, 50 years a tug employee, nautical day in Maassluis on May 21st, a new model of the tug DUTCH PRIDE and PR activities via TV and a variety of websites.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:48

Trials multicat ZWERVER II

NAMING CEREMONY ZWERVER II
On the 28th of April, 2016 the 'Zwerver II' was named. The Name giving Ceremony took place at her home port in Harlingen, the Netherlands. HVS Dredging Support looks back on a festive event. The Zwerver II is an unique Multi-Purpose "Walkto-Work" support vessel and is equipped with DP II, 4-point mooring, a crane of 510 Tm with an active heave compensated winch, a conventional crane of 370 Tm and a passive heave compensated gangway for the purpose of transferring crew to windmills/platforms. The Ships pulling force is 65 T which is exceptional with a depth of only 2.7 m in this class. The vessel was designed and built under Bureau Veritas and sails under the Dutch flag. She is versatile, mainly in the offshore and renewables market with services such as dredging support, anchor handling, cable laying, buried cables, diving support, ROV support and many other activities. The accommodation is MLC-certified and can accommodate 17 people. This number can be expanded through two custom made and fully Classed TLQ's up to 21 people.The first project for the Zwerver II is already completed for C-Ventus, later in May she will be employed on a project for another client.

She is versatile, mainly in the offshore and renewables market with services such as dredging support, anchor handling, cable laying, buried cables, diving support, ROV support and many other activities. The accommodation is MLC-certified and can accommodate 17 people. This number can be expanded through two custom made and fully Classed TLQ's up to 21 people.The first project for the Zwerver II is already completed for C-Ventus, later in May she will be employed on a project for another client. (Press Release Seacontractors)The latest fleet addition to HVS Dredging Support is the 35 mtr long and 15 mtr width 65 ton BP walk-to-work vessel ZWERVER II above seen returning to the builders the Kooiman Group after successful yard trials. HVS Dredging Support started their services in the 70's. Throughout the years they have established a modern fleet in which they have built our over more than 40 years of experience. the fleet consists of multi-purpose shallow draught, triple propelled workboats which are classified by "Bureau Veritas" and well equipped with the most modern deck- and navigational equipment. One of our main priorities is the continuous improvement of all the vessels. Some of the vessels are equipped with DP (Dynamic Positioning). With their highly qualified, flexible and experienced crew we meet the needs and requirements of all our clients. Working on a personal basis and with a professional and pro-active attitude we serve our clients in order to gain the best results for all parties in every project. Several projects in a large number of countries worldwide have been successfully accomplished. The Zwerver II is equipped with DP-2, 4-point mooring, large Knuckleboom-crane of 510 Tm with an Active Heave Compensated winch, a Knuckleboom-crane of 370 Tm.
(source: press announcement taken from Tugs Towing and Offshore Newsletter Hans van der Ster)

KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) have announced that they have successfully formalized a joint venture for their European harbour towage operations. The joint operations are transferred to a 50/50 joint venture, combining the European harbour towage activities of KOTUG and Boskalis' subsidiary SMIT. In order to retain both strong brand names and to benefit from the already well established brand recognition in Europe, the merged operations will operate under the entity 'KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE'. The operational integration will start on April 7th, 2016. With a fleet of 65 tugboats, KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE will be a leading provider of harbour towage services in northwestern Europe, operating in 11 ports in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom. The geographical footprint of both KOTUG and SMIT is complementary. Activities of both partners in other parts of the world are excluded from this cooperation. KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE stands for high quality towage with a strong focus on tailor made services. The joint venture will achieve synergies, mainly from economies of scale benefits as well as opportunities for smarter operations– e.g. improved tug utilisation. As the operations are further integrated, sharing of joint experience, expertise and best practices will generate additional value. KOTUG's CEO Ard-Jan Kooren commented: "The combined operation allows us to meet the increasing demands of the maritime industry in order to supply our clients with an even higher level of efficiency and port call optimization in Europe." "By drawing on a combined track record over 350 years of experience and knowledge in the maritime industry and with a passionate workforce, the joint venture will further strengthen its high quality towage services. In this consolidating market KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE is able to offer competitive services against the highest operational and safety standards within the industry."
(Press Release, taken from Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter/Hans van der Ster)

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KOTUG SMIT Towage.
A new name in Europe.  Kotug and Smit are now working together in northwest Europe. 
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and KOTUG International B.V have announced that the previously reported planned merger of their European harbour towage operations has been completed. The process of completing customary conditions, including due diligence and approval from regulatory agencies in respective countries involved and of course in cooperation with their works councils started in December 2014 when Kotug announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boskalis to merge their European harbour towage operations. It was a year later that an agreement on the merger was announced with the MOU being formalised and financial close aiming for the first quarter of 2016 followed by the operational integration. The final step has now been completed with the new company known as KOTUG SMIT Towage becoming operational on 7 April. Both Smit (a Boskalis subsidiary) and Kotug operate on a global basis with their headquarters in Papendrecht and Rotterdam respectively and the 50/50 JV concerns their operations in northwest Europe. The agreement involves 11 ports in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and UK with a fleet of 65 tugs resulting in operational synergies and a combined total revenue of approximately €150m. Activities of both partners in other parts of the world are excluded from the arrangement. At financial close, Boskalis refinanced its contribution to the JV, as a consequence freeing up and receiving €90m in cash.The selection of the name for the new venture is perhaps predictable but intended to retain both companies' strong brand names and to benefit from well-established brand recognition. The forming of partnerships such as this is not uncommon now as established towage operators expand into other regions where local knowledge and connections are important in establishing business and gaining confidence of customers.For Boskalis this strategy is an established part of its business model, Saam Smit Towage (Americas), Smit Lamnalco and Keppel Smit Towage (Singapore) being three examples of regional cooperation arrangements. Kotug is a family owned company also increasing its global presence with similar cooperation arrangements but are equally known for its innovative and forward-thinking activities including the well-known Rotortug and development of hybrid tugs.For Kotug, CEO, Ard-Jan Kooren commented: "The combined operation allows us to meet the increasing demands of the maritime industry in order to supply our clients with an even higher level of efficiency and port call optimization in Europe. By drawing on a combined track record over 350 years of experience and knowledge in the maritime industry and with a passionate workforce, the joint venture will further strengthen its high quality towage services. In this consolidating market KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE is able to offer competitive services against the highest operational and safety standards within the industry.
Source: By Peter Barker, Maasmond maritime journal Piet Sinke 56

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