Saturday, 20 February 2016 11:35

ROYAL DUTCH NAVY tugs sold

Alongside each other for one last time! Tuesday morning Ron Damman received a call from an employee of the harbor office: 'Are you busy?' 'Yes I'm quite busy, why?'. They told me they wanted a picture of all the tugboats alongside each other for one last time while it still could. Of course this was something I really wanted to do, so I went there just after noon. The first new tugboat, NOORDZEE, was on its way to Den Helder and the two oldest tugboats, LINGE and REGGE, are about to leave the Port of Den Helder.
Above at the photo you see, from left to right, de REGGE, ROTTE, HUNZE, LINGE en GOUWE (the 'A' boats) next to those you can see the BREEZAND and the MALZWIN. The BALGZAND is still at the naval shipyard for maintenance. After some 'research' Ron can tell you that the four 'A' boats will leave for England via Damen Trading. The LINGE, REGGE, ROTTE and the HUNZE are sold to MTS Towage in Brixham and Falmouth. The only "old" tug that will stay in service off the Royal Dutch Navy in the Port of Den Helder is the tug GOUWE.

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Photo / text : Ron Damman www.newdeep.nl © China

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Photo II: Wim Vrolijk

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a 874 linge

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Technical specifications LINGE class:

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(Dutch Navy Linge class) (sisterships: LINGE, HUNZE, REGGE, ROTTE)
380 GRT, L27,45m, B8,30m, Dr2,70m, Dp3,80m
2 scr +nozzle, 2x diesel 4t 8cyl Stork-Werkspoor type DRO-218K, 1600bhp-1177kW total, sp 12kn, bp 21t

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A 874 LINGE
1986 -15/11: Casco launched by "Scheepswerf Bijlsma" at Wartena (NLD) (YN 638) (keel laid 12/06/1986)
1987: completed by "Delta Shipyard" at Sliedrecht (NLD) (YN 812)
1987 -20/02: delivered to the Dutch Royal Marine at Den Helder (NLD) (white wheelhouse roof)
(NLD flag, c/s PAIU)
2004: still in service

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source: The Tugslist / Piet van Damme

Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:07

Necrology Mr. R.W. Scheffer (Smit)

by: Nico Ouwehand (National Dutch Towage Museum)

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On Tuesday 9th February we received the message that Mr. R.W. (Rom) Scheffer passed away at the age of 85 years. During the sixties, seventies and eighties of last century Mr. Scheffer was a remarkable personality in the world of shipping. After his training to become an officer on board of ships, he sailed for some two years on freighters and passenger ships, i.e. for Van Nievelt Goudriaan and for KJCPL on Tjisadane.
Soon, it struck his masters that Rom Scheffer had quite some commercial qualities. At the age of 22 Mr. Scheffer decided to work ashore. He accepted jobs for foreign companies in South-Korea, the U.S., Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. A.o. he chartered ships for a mining company that exported ore from Malaysia to Japan. When the mines were more or less exhausted and mergers took place, he was looking for a new challenge.
His reputation was already well-known and he was recommended to Mr. A. Lels, the man who, at that time one of the directors of L. Smit & Co, laid a plan on the table to establish a shipping company for supplying drilling platforms in the North Sea. In 1964 at the age of 33 Mr. Scheffer became the first employee and the first director of Smit-Lloyd, the company that Mr. Lels had in mind.
rouwkaart mr schefferThanks to the energetic approach of Rom Scheffer the company became a renowned firm in the offshore world and oil-industry. Oil-production at sea was still in its infancy and Mr. Scheffer was a pioneer as far as supplying drilling platforms were concerned. The original plan was to have seven suppliers built, however for each ship there was already a contract concluded before even being commissioned. After only some years dozens of Smit-Lloyd suppliers were sailing the oceans. Subsidiaries were established in a.o. Australia, Greece and the U.S.
In 1976 some of the subsidiaries of L. Smit & Co's Internationale Sleepdienst, among which Smit-Lloyd merged. Still the Smit-Lloyd vessels kept on sailing under their own wellknown colours for quite some time. One year after the merge Rom Scheffer was asked to accept the job of CEO of Smit International as a whole. Although his heart was still with Smit-Lloyd he accepted this difficult task. For ten years he was the leading personality of this world wide well-known towage and offshore company. During that period of time he encountered many problems. Both the markets for towage as well as offshore activities decreased. Yet, thanks to his inventive, however difficult decisions Smit International survived.
By 1987 Mr. Scheffer had to decide to step down. His health caused him too much troubles and he was right when he stated: You can't do this job in a more quiet atmosphere. de smit lloyd storyStill after 1987 the maritime markets were facing difficult times. As a consequence in 1996 Smit-Lloyd was sold to the American Seacor company. That's certainly a fact that hurted Mr. Rom Scheffer. Although retired Mr. Scheffer kept on following the weal and woe of Smit International, the towage market as well as the situation in the offshore industry.
In 2006 he persuaded me to write the history of 'his' company, viz. the book "The Smit-Lloyd Story". An outstanding man in the maritime world passed away. He leaves his marks in the offshore history.

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Maassluis, 13th February 2016

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 19:11

Toy: LEGO tugboat

Set Details:

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Set number: 4005
Name: Tug Boat
Set type: Normal
Theme group: Modern day
Theme: Boats
Year released: 1982
Tags: Floats On Water
Ship Pieces: 66
Minifigs: 1
RRP: $10.00 (?)
Price per piece:15.2c
Packaging: Box
Availability: Retail

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 18:52

Toy: Green Toys tugboat

Product Description

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Embark on a cruise across the bathtub. Navigate the wading pool. Even splash around in the occasional mud puddle. There's no end to the Good Green Fun young sailors can have with the Green Toys Tugboat. This colorful craft floats great, and has a wide spout to scoop and pour water. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our trusty Tugboat is both good for the earth, and - most importantly - safe for the busy little folks who play there.

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Product Dimensions: 9" L x 5.25" W x 4.5" H
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Awards:

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Junior Design Awards - Highly Commended

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Top 100 Newborn Essentials: Green Toys Tugboat

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Fat Brain Toy Award

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Monday, 08 February 2016 10:32

First Vroon AHTS launched

First Vroon AHTS launched at Fujian Construction of a series of six anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels for Vroon is currently underway at Fujian Southeast Shipyard (FSES) in Fuzhou, China. The first of the vessels, VOS CHALLENGE, was launched in early December. The keel laying ceremony for VOS CHANCE, number three in the series, took place on 30 November 2015.The vessels are based on designs developed by Vroon, reflecting client specifications, market requirements and their inhouse offshore experience. The 65m vessels incorporate 425m2 clear deck space and what Vroon describes as 'hotel-type' accommodation for 39 crew and clients. They are SPS Coded and equipped with FiFi 1, DP2, class-leading anchor handling and towing winch (1,500m x 64mm) and 85 tonnes bollard pull. In addition, they have two 10 tonne super silent bow tunnel thrusters and one 8 tonne stern thruster for greater manoeuvrability. The vessels are fuel
efficient and comply with all latest safety requirements.VOS Challenge is scheduled for delivery to the company in spring 2016, with its sister vessels following later in the year. All six vessels will operate in Southeast Asia.

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Source : Offshore Support Journal, February 8, 2016

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Vroon, a Dutch shipping company, has announced through social media that the steel-cutting ceremony of NB Hull No. DN65M-V-1 took place at Fujian Southeast Shipyard yesterday morning.
The vessel, a 65 metres anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel, is scheduled for delivery to Vroon Offshore Services in 2015.
The AHTS will have a length overall of 65m, its deadweight will be 1700 tonnes, and will be capable of accommodating 39 people.
Vroon Offshore operates worldwide and has a fleet of around 160 vessels transporting dry cargo, containers and clean and dirty oil products, as well as a large fleet of offshore-support vessels.

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Source: Vroon (April 18, 2014)

Saturday, 06 February 2016 01:13

Acta Marine buys Multicat COASTAL ACE

At the end of 2015 DSB Offshore was approached by Acta Marine, who were looking to add to their fleet a multicat-type vessel of around 30tbp. DSB, through their long involvement in Australia, were able to offer and negotiate the sale of an offmarket 2611 Eurocarrier (ex Ellen K), located in North Australia. 26.5m long, shallow draft, with 35 tonne bollard pull, she was built at Neptune Shipyards in 2013. Operating on a tight schedule, DSB liaised with buyers and sellers on a daily basis right through the holiday period to achieve a delivery in Singapore to the Buyers in January 2016. The Eurocarrier is now renamed 'Coastal Ace' and will begin work in February on a dredging and reclamation project in Taiwan. The vessel was delivered on time and in good order. Both Buyers and Sellers were satisfied with the deal.

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(Press Release DSB, from Towing Line)

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Multi (Eurocarrier 2611)
Basic Functions Anchor handling, dredger service, supply towing, hose handling and survey
Registered: IMO 9645554
254 GT, L26m, B11m
2 scr, 2x diesel, 2600bhp total, sp 10kn, bp 35t

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ELLEN K.
2013: Built by "Neptune Marine Services BV" at Aalst (NLD) (YN 429)
2013: delivered to "GSS - Gareloch Support Services (Plant) Ltd" at Rhu, Argyll & Bute (GBR)
(GBR flag, c/s 2GWD7, MMSI:235101031)
2013: loaded on the 'Trina' in the Waalhaven for shipping to Singapore, to delivered in Australia
December 2015 sold to Acta Marine, Den Helder (The Netherlands) and delivered in January in Singapore. Renamed COASTAL ACE.

Friday, 05 February 2016 11:20

ETV contract Dutch Coast Guard to Multraship

As MULTRASHIP in Terneuzen (Holland) has taken over the ETV (Emergency Towing Vessel) contract with the Dutch Government (Coast Guard) from Svitzer the IEVOLI AMARANTH is renamed in GUARDIAN and painted in the house style colours of MULTRASHIP. The ETV duties have been taken over from the temporarily ETV tug PRESIDENT HUBERT.

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The technical and historical data of the IEVOLI AMARANTH in short:

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Tug/Supply/AHT
Registered: IMO 9637363 (ABS 13250427) (RI 89152) /(NLD)ON 55477 /(NLD)brand:23509 Z 2013 /(NLD)EUR 027.23509
1450 DWT, 2721 GT, 325 NT, L65,72m(60,50), B15,50m, Dr6,00m - fifi, poll.contr., rescue
2 cpp +nozzle, 2 bowthr.600kW each, 1 sternthr.600kW, 2x diesel 4t 8cyl (2012) Caterpillar-MAK type 8M32C (nr.39082 +39083), 10876bhp-8000kW total @600rpm, sp 16kn, bp 120t

2012: Built by "Selah Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret AS" at Tuzla (TUR) (YN H65) (keel laid 28/06/2011)
2013 -18/01: delivered to "Marnavi Spa Transporti Marittimi" at Napoli (ITA)
2013 -08/03: chartered to the Dutch Coast Guard, optd "Svitzer Salvage BV" at Ijmuiden (NLD)
(NLD flag, regd IJmuiden, ON 55477, brand:23509 Z 2013, EUR 027.23509, c/s PCSY, MMSI:246911000)

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pic. Sleep &Duwvaart 182 p.130 +Lekko Int.200 p.62-63

Sunday, 10 January 2016 12:51

Iskes' HERCULES sold to URAG

It is reported that the 1976 built Dutch registered with call sign PHRS tug HERCULES (Imo 7612620) from Iskes Towing & Salvage B.V. is sold to the Unterweser Reederei GmbH (URAG) at  Bremerhaven (Germany) and will be renamed RONNEBECK. The tug was built by Jadewerft (Wilhelmshaven) GmbH at Wilhelmshaven (Germany) under number 138 and delivered to Primus J.W. Seetrecker GmbH & Co KG and managed by Hapag-Lloyd Transport & Service at Bremerhaven as HERKULES. In 1990 in charter of Alexandra Towing Co Ltd" at Liverpool (GBR), renamed TS HERKULES. In 1993 charter taken over by "Howard Smith Towage Ltd., London. In 1994: Sold to "Howard Smith Towage Ltd" at London (GBR), renamed GLADSTONE. In 2001 to Adsteam (UK) Ltd, Hull, stationed at Southampton. HERKULESIn 2007 taken over by Smit Harbour Towage UK Ltd and managed by Smit Harbour Towage Liverpool at Liverpool and renamed SMIT GLADSTONE. In 2007 sold to Iskes Towing & Salvage BV and managed by Sleepdienst B. Iskes & Zn BV at IJmuiden (Netherlands) and renamed HERCULES. She has a length of 30.76 mtrs, a beam of 8.84 mtrs and a depth of 3.61 mtrs. The two MaK 8M331AK diesel engines develope a total output of 1,766 kW (2,400 bhp) at 750 rpm. The Voith Schneider tug has a free sailing speed of 12 knots and her bollard pull is 30 tons.

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Source: Tugs Towing & Offshore News
(Photo below: The original HERKULES of HAPAG Lloyd, photo BASM archives)

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:07

MAHANUWARA (ex SMIT-LLOYD 114) to breakers

It is reported that the 1975 built Sri Lanka registered with call sign 4QYB Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel MAHANUWARA (Imo 7412018) arrived at Jawandamal Dhannamal Pvt. Ltd., Alang for demolition. The AHTS is the former SMIT-LLOYD 114 built by N.V. Scheepswerven v/h H.H. Bodewes at Millingen aan de Rijn for Smit-Lloyd B.V., Rotterdam (Netherlands) under yard number 722. She has a length of 63.89 mtrs, a beam of 13.31 mtrs and a depth of 5,06 mtrs. The two Stork-Werkspoor TM410 main engines deliver a total output of 7.500 bhp. The bollard pull of the vessel is 100 tons and her free sailing speed is 14 knots. The vessel is classed American Bureau of Shipping.

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Source: Tugs Towing & Offshore News
(Photo: Viral Shah)

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SMIT-LLOYD 114

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Smit Lloyd 114  Ties cTug/Supply/AHT (sisterships: SMIT LLOYD 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 116, 117)
Registered: IMO 7412018 (ABS 7514195) /(NLD)brand:14344 Z Rott 1975 /(NLD)IVR 27.14344 /(BHS)ON 715256
1293 GRT, 526 NRT, L63,93m(58,12), B13,31m, Dr5,05m, Dp6,35m
2 cpp +nozzle, 1 bowthr., 2x diesel 4t 6cyl (1975) Stork-Werkspoor (nr.3268 +3269) type 6TM-410, 9350bhp-6875kW total @550rpm, sp 14kn, bp 100t
1975 -11/07: Launched by "Scheepswerven v/h H.H. Bodewes" at Millingen (NLD) (YN 722)
1975 -16/10: delivered to "Smit-Lloyd BV" at Rotterdam (NLD)
(NLD flag, regd Rotterdam, brand:14344 Z Rott 1975, IVR 27.14344, c/s PHQH)
1988 -15/06: To "Normandie Shipping Co", mng "Smit International" at Singapore (SGP)
(BHS flag, regd Nassau, ON 715256, c/s C6DU6)
1996: To "Seacor Marine Inc" at Houma, La.(USA)
1998: To "Seacor Asia"
1999: To "Sri Lanka Shipping Co Ltd" at Colombo (LKA), renamed MAHANUWARA
(LKA flag, regd Colombo, c/s 4QYB)
2016 (january): To breakers in Alang, India

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source: The Tugslist

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:36

Iskes Tugboats GINGER and BRENT in LEGO

Today, 14th December 2015, arrived at Iskes Towage and Salvage two new built LEGO(r) tug models at the scale 1 to 87: the GINGER (Imo 9507063) and BRENT (Imo 9507051). Master LEGO(r) shipbuilder Edwin Korstanje has created this two beauty's that are very detailed. The LEGO(r) ships are built with more than 2700 parts each. The original Ramparts 3200W sisters are built by Eregli Gemi Insa Sanayi ve Ticaret AS - Eregli Turkey and final outfitted by Gebr. Kooiman BV, Zwijndrecht; Netherlands. They were delivered to Ginger Tug BV and Brent Tug BV respectively and are being managed by Iskes Towing & Salvage BV, IJmuiden, Netherlands. They have a length of 33.10 mtrs, a beam of 13.60 mtrs and a depth of 5.40 mtrs. The two ABC 12VDZC-1000-166A diesel engines develope a total output of 5,300 kW (7,200 bhp) at 1000 rpm with a bollard pull of 80 tons.
(Source: Edwin Korstanje and Tugs Towing & Offshore News)ISKES GINGER 3 LEGO

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In the National Dutch Towage Museum in Maassluis (The Netherlands) also a LEGO model of an Iskes tug is shown in the current exhibition about the history of towing in Amsterdam and IJmuiden: The BERNARDUS.
Type: Damen ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid. Commissioned October 23rd 2012. Launched 9 October 2013 by "Santierul Naval Damen Galati SA", Galatz (Romania). Finished in 2014 at "Damen Shipyards Group NV", Gorinchem, Netherlands (YN 512319).
Dimensions: 295 grt. L 28,67m, B 10,43m, Dr 4,80m and Dp 4,60 m. Fire-fighting equipment.
Propulsion: 2 Azimuth rudder propellers in nozzles (diesel-electric), powered by a 100 kWh battery and 2 Tier 2 MTU diesel engines type 16V4000M53, in total 4.935 bhp (3.680 kW) at 1.600 rpm, speed 13 knots, bollard pull 57 tons ahead and 53,5 tons astern.
IMG 1013Delivery: 16 may 2014 to "Bernardus Tug BV", management by "Iskestugs BV", IJmuiden, Netherlands. Registration: IMO 9668025, Dutch flag, homeport IJmuiden, callsign PCUW, MMSI  244820145.

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(source: The Tugslist, Piet van Damme)

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