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…
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…
Dutch towage contractor BMS Seatowage BV at Zierikzee has a new addition to its fleet in the form of the hybrid tug conversion SIL-JESKE-B built for Koedood BV by Shipyard Kooiman. Koedood supplied both the main and auxiliary engines and the electric motor/generator for the tug which has a bollard pull of 24 tons. SIL-JESKE-B has been completely rebuilt, including lengthening and widening, from an existing conventionally powered tug. In addition to the traditional mechanical diesel propulsion the tug is also equipped with electric motors driving the propellers. A combined diesel direct plus electric propulsion provides the maximum bollard pull…
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:58

New type Rotortug ART 10-15 training vessel

On November 4th 2015, the Dutch Shipyard Padmos Stellendam BV and Rotortug BV signed the newbuilding contract for the ART10-15 training Rotortug© at the Europort Exhibition. The 10 tons bollard pull tug, designed by Robert Allan Ltd from Vancouver, will be outfitted according to her "sister vessels" of the ART 80-32 Class (winner of the KVNR shipping award 2015) and will be used as a training vessel in addition to simulation training. She will be outfitted according to superior yacht quality and will at the same time serve as a representation – and display vessel to show the Rotortug principle…
Towage and salvage specialist Multraship, through its 100 per cent owned subsidiary Novatug BV, has commissioned the construction of two evolutionary Carrousel Rave Tugs (CRTs) from Damen Shipyards Group. RAVE is short for Robert Allan Voith Escort. These new vessels will provide tug operators with more power, more freedom and more durability, as well as eliminating the risk of capsizing under a tow load. Construction of the CRTs will begin immediately under an agreement between Novatug, with Multraship as its first customer, and Damen subsidiary Van der Velden Barkemeyer GmbH. The hulls of the vessels will be built by German…
Damen's largest-ever stock vessel transport has reached its destination. BigLift Shipping's heavy-lift vessel Happy Star arrived in the Port of Rotterdam. This is the first time Happy Star has visited the Netherlands, bringing with her Damen's largest transportation of stock vessels to date; a total of 22 vessels. Whilst several of these have already been sold, a number are still available and can be delivered quickly. Included in the Damen transport are two Fast Crew Suppliers 2610, one ASD Tug 2310, three ASD Tugs 2411 and three ASD Tugs 3212, all of which have been sold and will be delivered…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 13:12

Book: Dutch tugs and pushers 2016

Like every year the Dutch publishing company "De Alk" comes with a new edition of the standard piece "Sleep en duwboten 2016" (title in English: Dutch Tugs and Pushing Boats 2016). The contents of the book have been collected by mr. W. Van Heck and mr. A.M. Van Zanten and have been actualized till September 1st, 2015. In this edition of SLEEP- en DUWBOTEN the interested reader will find an almost complete review of the Dutch tug- and pusher fleet. More than 2.700 tugs and pushers, professional and private, have been included in this book, in alphabetical sequence and together…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 13:02

Van Wijngaarden opens new office

On Saturday 3rd October the new office of tugboat owner Van Wijngaarden Marine Services opened her doors for invited guest at the new location Buitenweistraat 15 in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. The company recently changed, after 18 years, from their location Merwestraat 2 in Sliedrecht to this new 3 floor building including a warehouse. The office shows a reception hall at the ground floor. On the 1st floor a conference/meeting room and receipt customers. Offices for administration, operations, technical and account department. A restaurant with a kitchen. On the 2nd floor there are offices of the Van Wijngaarden staff of directors. Further at…
On the occasion of the opening of a new exhibition in the National Towage Museum at Maassluis a large number of guests had gathered last Saturday in one of the halls of Shipyard De Haas in this town.\r\nThe chairman of the museum, Mr. Karel Kaffa, expressed his gratitude to Mr. Govert de Haas for setting spontaneously one of the shipbuilding halls of his yard at the disposal of the museum for the opening ceremony. The title of the exhibition is "Towage from IJ to the IJ-mouth". Mr. Kaffa memorized that the subject once again was a serious challenge to the…
The new building tug Svitzer Amstel (Imo 9771133) has departed from the Sanmar Shipyard as Bogacay XII, bound for Amsterdam/IJmuiden were she will operated by Port Towage Amsterdam (PTA). She is sailing under her own power and is expected to be arrived on the 28th of September.\r\nThe tug is designed by distinguished Canadian naval architects, Robert Allan Ltd, the relatively new exclusive Bogacay model is based on Ramparts 2400SX series exclusively developed for Sanmar Shipyard. The vessel measures 24.4m x 11.25m with a 60 tonne bollard pull derived from a pair of 3512 C Caterpillar engines, each developing 1,765kW at…
'From IJ to IJmond' is the theme of the new exhibition of the Dutch National Towage Museum in Maassluis, The Netherlands. The exhibition will be opened on Saturday September 19th by Mr. Cor Oudendijk, former harbour master of the Port of Amsterdam and former salvage master of Wijsmuller. At the opening ceremony many prominent officers from the towage and the Amsterdam port community will be present. Afterwards it is possible to visit the exhibition.The new exhibition gives a vivid overview of the history and the present-day towage industry in Amsterdam and about. The geographical position of the port of Amsterdam…
Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:40

Iskes' new ASD 2411 VENUS up and running

The Damen yard number 512282 new building ASD 2411 Venus (Imo 9681053) ordered by Iskes Towage & Salvage from Ijmuiden was seen on the on board Biglifts Happy Star prior her departure from Shanghai bound for Halong in Vietnam. The standard ASD 2411 has a length of 24.47 mtrs a beam of 11.33 mtrs. Her total power output is 4,200 bkW with a bollard pull of 70 tons and a free sailing speed of 13 knots. (Photo: Rimmert Berlijn ©)\r\nCaptain and crew of newly delivered ASD Tug 2411 give Damen valuable feedback after first 3 months of operations. Iskes Towage…
Last Sunday, September 6th the exhibition about the tug company Kotug Rotterdam came to an end, on September 20th a new exhibition will be opened for the next half year, about the history of the tug companies in Amsterdam and IJmuiden (the North Sea Canal area). The official announcement and details will be published shortly.\r\nIn the meantime, to memorize one more time, the story about Kotug was als follows:\r\nOn November 22nd, 2014 the National Dutch Towage Museum in Maassluis opened her doors to present her latest exhibition, that highlights the history, facts and innovations of the well known Dutch tugboat…
Seacontractors has taken delivery of two new anchor handling tugs of 70 tons bollard pull, named ATLANTIS and DIAN KINGDOM. As Seacontractors announced last year the workboat fleet would be expanding with new orders at Damen Shipyards Group, these vessels have now been delivered. The two originally built Stan Tugs have been completely converted into customized AHT workboats, and have been released from the Damen Song Cam shipyard in Haiphong on Wednesday the 12th of August 2015. After successfully performed sea trials at the end of July this year, Seacontractors is excited to put the two vessels into service. Both…
Recently a new morse decoder has been installed in the reconstructed radio cabin of the Smit deep sea tug ZWARTE ZEE in the museum. This decoder has been connected with an original historic telegraph key, next to the already existing keys. It is now also possible to connect a so called keyer, often referred to as a Lambic keyer. The museum is not (yet) in the possession of such a device.On the photo the display of the decoder is visible. When sent a text in morse code with the historic switching device, these tokens will be translated by the decoder…
Sunday, 26 July 2015 22:44

LINGESTROOM sold to Middle East

Van Wijngaarden Marine Services BV announces the sale of her tug/workboat LINGESTROOM (Imo 8433502) through the intermediary of Boogaard Sliedrecht BV, The Netherlands (S & P brokers, specialised in dredgers and floating equipment). The LINGESTROOM has been built at the "Scheepswerf Van Mill BV" in The Netherlands under number 132 in 1984. The vessel has been trading 'all over the world', but mainly in Spain and the Mediterranean to support dredging operations. On the picture(s) the vessel is on its way to Antwerp for shipment aboard as deckload to the Middle East / U.A.E. Dimensions: length 17.65 mtrs., beam 6.00…
Seacontractors Beheer B.V. at Middelburg, The Netherlands has strongly expanded her leading position as maritime service provider with the intention to acquire the activities of six workboats. The so called B-type vessels are now part of a division within Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V. It concerns the vessels SMIT BISON, SMIT BUFFALO, SMIT BRONCO, SMIT BARRACUDA, SMIT BELUGA en SMIT BULLDOG. Adding this fleet to the existing operations of Seacontractors creates a worlwide leading position with over 20 multipurpose workboats. The acquisition means a firm broadening of Seacontractors' growth fundament and will strengthen operational synergies as well as international market positions.…
Sunday, 12 July 2015 15:10

FAIRPLAY XI christened in Rotterdam

On a very sunny Friday afternoon on July 10th and in the presence of five company tugs with a spectacular show, the new Fairplay's tractor tug Fairplay XI was christened at the Wilhelmina pier in Rotterdam (see video). Sponsor lady of the tug Mrs Petra Resenhoeft, spouse of Wulf Resenhoeft of Fairplay Hamburg, threw the bottle of champagne and wished the tug and her crew a good and safe voyage. The Fairplay XI is unique thanks to its three engines, one of which is electric, with which both the fuel consumption as well as the maintenance can be reduced. Wulf…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:28

MULTRATUG 29 & 30 arrived

In the late afternoon of Saturday June 20th, 2015 the cargo vessel TRINA from SAL arrives from Vietnam on the Vlissingen (Flushing) roads with on her deck the two Damen Song Cam Shipyard ASD 3212 new building tugs MULTRATUG 29 and MULTRATUG 30 for Multraship Towage and Salvage, Terneuzen, The Netherlands. Here they will be discharged. Sounds go around that they will be operate in Rotterdam in the Multraship/Fairplay pool.(from: Towing Line/Hans van der Ster. Photo: Richard Wisse)
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:15

WATERLAND in bareboat charter to Wagenborg

Due to expansion of activities the tug 'Waterland' has been taken into bareboat charter by Wagenborg Towage, Delfzijl, The Netherlands. Waterland is a 71 tonnes bollard pull Damen Shoalbuster 3511. In 2013 she has been built at the Damen shipyard in Hardinxveld and delivered as 'Kaikoura' in 2014 by Damen Marine Service BV. Since May 2015 she is renamed 'Waterland' wearing the Wagenborg flag with home port Delfzijl. Waterland is equipped with 2 Caterpillar engines with a total capacity of 5072 hp. This power is converted into traction by the two fixed pitch propellers with nozzles of 2700mm. For maneuvering,…
ALP Maritime Services BV at Rotterdam has taken delivery of two towing and anchor handling vessels, ALP WINGER and ALP GUARD.The company reflagged the vessels under Dutch Flag. The vessel ALP GUARD was previously known as AHT URANUS and ALP WINGER as AHT JANUS.In November 2014, the company bought six long distance anchor-handling and towing vessels built in Germany in the period 2006 – 2010. ALP GUARD and ALP WINGER are the first two in this group of six anchor handling tugs which ALP took over during Q1 and Q2 this year.The vessels are operating in the 200 and 300…
Sunday, 14 June 2015 12:30

ALP ACE joins the ALP fleet

We are happy to announce that ALP has taken delivery of ALP ACE, ALP said. The 19,000 BHP ALP Ace - the former MAGNUS - is the fifth in a group of six ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling tugs which ALP will take over during Q1 and Q2 this year. Upon completion of her term charter in Angola, supporting HEEREMA's offshore operations, ALP ACE was transferred to ALP on May 22nd, 2015. She will first proceed to drydock for a well-deserved maintenance period where she will also receive the ALP make-up. She will be available for operations by mid-June…
Sunday, 24 May 2015 11:23

BB OCEAN renamed MULTRATUG 14

Last week was seen the nameless tug in drydock at Van Brink – Pernis; Netherlands. She is the former BB OCEAN with a fresh coat of paint. The funnels still bearing the BB logo of the previous operator. Upon completion of the drydock period the tug will join the impressive fleet of Multraship as the MULTRATUG 14. (Source & dock Photos: Henk Ros; click to enlarge)\r\nHistorical and technical specifications of the MULTRATUG 14:\r\nThe MULTRATUG 14 was built in 2006 with yard number 627 under the name WOLF by "Astilleros Armon SA" at Navia (Spain). The TURM is het sister ship.Her…
March, 2015.Iskes Towage & Salvage is pleased to announce that it has taken over AHT BEVER (YOB 2010 – IMO 9492256 – Call Sign PDAA) from Sleepvaartbedrijf Viegers & Zn.The versatile Shoalbuster 3612 is the largest vessel ever built by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, with a bollard pull of 70 tons, fitted with a waterfall towing winch, a powerful crane and large open deck with stern roller.The AHT BEVER and her experienced crew take pride in an extensive track record of anchor handling, long distance towages, salvage support and various other duties within the offshore industries. The AHT BEVER flies the…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:39

ALP CENTRE joins ALP fleet

ALP is glad to announce that the ALP CENTRE is officially joining our fleet as per April 1st 2015.\r\nThe ocean towage vessel has been reflagged with Netherlands' flag and has been freshly painted with the distinctive ALP colors. ALP CENTRE is the sister vessel of ALP GUARD, and with 300 tonnes Bollard Pull and large fuel capacity, this AHT is specially designed for the long distance towing-, positioning, mooring and hook-up market.\r\nThe vessel is currently underway to Mauritius where she will pick up the Transocean SSDR Sedco 707 for towage to Labuan which will take her approximately 28-34 days.\r\nTeekay Offshore's…
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:23

FAIRPLAY IX delivered

Sunday morning March 22nd 2015 about 9.45 h, the new built tug FAIRPLAY IX arrived through the Beerkanaal for the Tennessee harbour (Europoort). She was welcomed by the FAIRPLAY-26.The delivery took place to the in Hamburg located company Fairplay Towage by the Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Armon Navia Shipyards of the first of a twin hybrid tractor tugs. This latest contribution to the company fleet, the FAIRPLAY IX, has the similar design as the series of fourteen 'Cerro´ class tractor tugs with conventional propulsion, that are delivered to the Panama Canal Authority in 2013/14.The new tug is currently working in Rotterdam…
Sunday, 17 May 2015 16:49

ZP BEAR and ZP BISON delivered

Damen Shipyards Group delivered two sister tugs ATD 2412 'ZP BISON' and 'ZP BEAR 'to strengthen KOTUG's European Harbour Towage. On April 8th 2015, the sister tugs were handed over by designer and builder Damen to her owner Elisabeth Ltd in order to operate for KOTUG.ZP BISON will operate in the Port of Bremerhaven and ZP BEAR on the River Thames in London. Damen Services arranged the transport from Vietnam to Rotterdam, where they handed over the tugs in a turnkey operation. Medio March 2015 the cargo vessel Svenja arrived in the Rotterdam Europoort with on her deck several tugboats…
Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:53

Combitug ZELZATE sold

Martrade BV of Sliedrecht is pleased to announce after the sale of the URS Combitug EVERGEM the sale of the URS sistertug Zelzate to undisclosed buyers. In Ridderkerk, The Netherlands she became her new name, TRABZON TUG. Het new homeport is Freetown, Sierra Leone. The tug was built at Shipyard Rupelmonde in Belgium in 1993 and has been trading in the Ghent / Terneuzen / Scheldt area. This well maintained quality tug produces a bollard pull of 39 tonnes. The tug is in Ridderkerk (The Netherlands) where her new owners will take delivery and carry out some modifications. (Press Release…
Monday, 11 May 2015 10:39

BARNEY on trials

Herman Sr BV and Damen signed the contract in January 2014 for the construction of this new tug, known as 'BARNEY', for which initially a Damen 2713 Shoalbuster design was chosen.The tug with a bollard pull of 30t, draught of just 1.8m, large accommodation for up to 12 persons and four-point mooring system, is suited for diving operations.In Gdansk, Safe Engineering was selected to build the hull and the final outfitting carried out at Damen's yard at Hardinxveld.It was decided to increase Barney's length by 3m to ensure bollard pull and draught figures could be met. The hull was cut…
Saturday, 09 May 2015 16:42

Tug RT ENTERPRISE delivered

April 27th 2015, the RT ENTERPRISE, being the latest of a series of four ART 80-32 Rotortugs®, was delivered by Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd to her new owner Elisabeth Ltd. The first two of these 85 tons bollard pull, Robert Allan Ltd design Rotortugs®, started operations in the iron ore export port of Port Hedland, Australia. With the charter of the RT ENTERPRISE, the total number of Rotortugs® deployed in Port Hedland is eleven. The ART80-32 embodies 16 years of consolidated operator experience providing a high-performance platform accommodating a range of towage requirements. Port Hedland's strategic position warrants the deployment…
Cheoy Lee recently delivered RT Atlantis, the third of four ART 80-32 Rotor®Tugs, to Kotug International BV. The latest delivery will join the first two (RT ENDEAVOUR and RT DISCOVERY) from the series at Port Hedland in Western Australia where they are on charter to BHP Billiton. The Rotor®tug distinguishes itself from conventional ASD, tractor or Voith designs by using three azimuth propulsion units, oriented in a triangular configuration, with significant separation between the two forward thrusters and single aft drive unit. The maneuverability of this type of tug is superior to conventional designs, and enhanced safety during towing and…
Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:12

Tug boat EVERGEM sold

Martrade BV of Sliedrecht is pleased to announce the sale of the URS Combitug "EVERGEM". She became her new name SAMSUN TUG in Ridderkerk, The Netherlands this week. Het hometown is now Freetown, Sierra Leone. The EVERGEM was built in 1993 at the "NV Scheepwerf of Rupelmonde" in Belgium as the "THOMAS LETZER" and has been renamed in 2000 "EVERGEM". The vessel was last years mainly trading in the Ghent/Terneuzen area for the "Unie van Redding en Sleepdienst NV" (URS). On the picture the vessel is leaving Terneuzen for the last to bound to Rotterdam where the new owners will…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:15

Book Bristol tugs in colour

Coastal Shipping Publications recently published "Bristol Tugs in Colour (Volume 1)", written by Bernard McCall. This latest Tugs pictorial album contains a selection of stunning colour photographs of tugs that have visited ports in the Bristol area over the last fifty years. Volume 1 includes tugs used for ship handling and in the fleets of C J King and Cory/Wijsmuller/Svitzer. Each photograph is accompanied by an informative caption. This first volume begins with the tugs of C J King. It then moves on to the larger tugs that have worked in the ports and port approaches. Finally there is a…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 17:30

ALP IPPON joins the ALP fleet

"We are happy to announce that the Dutch towing company ALP has taken delivery of ALP IPPON (Imo: 9344978). The 19,000 BHP 207ts Bollard Pull ALP IPPON is the fourth in a group of six ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling tugs which ALP will take over during Q1 and Q2 this year. Upon completion of her long term charter in Mexico, supporting HEEREMA's offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico, ALP IPPON was transferred to ALP on April 2nd, 2015. She will first proceed to drydock for a well-deserved maintenance period where she will also receive the ALP make-up.…
The Dutch National Towage Museum in Maassluis recently received a gift of the half model of the tug BEVERWIJK 20. The tug was built by Werf Vooruit, Enkhuizen (Netherlands) as yard number 129. The tug was ordered by C. Stapel (Enkhuizen) and named KEES, however already during the construction she was sold to NV Hollandsche Mij. voor Aannemingen at Beverwijk (Netherlands) and delivered to Sleepboot Maatschappij Beverwijk NV (Van Hattum) at Beverwijk and renamed BEVERWIJK 20. As from April till June 1938 she was given in charter to L. Smit & Co's Internationale Sleepdienst Maatschappij at Rotterdam. In 1939 she…
After serving 15 years in the Port of Oostende for OSMA NV (daughter of URS - Unie van Redding en Sleepdienst NV, Antwerp), Martrade BV of Sliedrecht (www.martrade.nl ) has sold the tug Damen Stantug 2207 "ENSOR" to the towage and transport company Muller Dordrecht. The tug was purchased in 2000 by Osma N.V. in order to serve the port of Oostende.The ENSOR was built by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and has a length of 22,50 m, a width of 7,25 m, and produces 30 tonnes bollard pull. Wednesday April 8th 2015 the tug was relocated to the Dordrecht area where…
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:46

Welcome new MULTRATUG 28

Leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship took delivery of a Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tug vessel, built at Damen Shipyards Galaţi, in Romania. The delivery is part of Multraship's fleet expansion program, which involves a number of Damen vessel orders.The tug features an expected bollard pull of 61 metric tons.The new vessel, named MULTRATUG 28, sailed under her own keel to the Netherlands from Galaţi and arrived in Terneuzen, Netherlands om March 9th. A stop was made in Valletta, Malta.Damen's ASD 2810 Hybrid is a new energy-efficient design with firefighting capabilities, and Multratug 28 is the second of its class…
It is reported that the Panama registered with callsign HO4251 Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel GOLFO DE BENGALA has been sold to Alang breakers. The vessel is owned by Star Matrix Ltd., Mumbai (India) and managed by Prayati Shipping Pvt Ltd., Mumbai. The GOLFO DE BENGALA is the former SMIT-LLOYD 116 from Smit-Lloyd, Rotterdam. The AHTS was built in 1976 by Scheepswerf De Waal B.V., Zaltbommel, The Netherlands with yard number 709/727. She has a length of 63,89 mtrs, a beam of 13.29 mtrs and a depth of 5.10 mtrs. The two Werkspoor TM410 main engines develop an output of…
Thursday, 05 March 2015 20:35

now 90 years ago: the tug SCHELDE wrecked

When tugs come to the rescue at sea, they often have to operate under very bad circumstances. In open water, even in case of storm and huge swell, seagoing tugs have almost nothing to fear because of their strong construction and relatively high power volumes. But assistance near the coast in a leeshore situation is a very risky venture for a salvage tug. Two losses in the Dutch tug history, one of them being a real disaster, that happened at the cost of eight souls, occurred in the twenties and thirties of the last century. The most appealing catastrophe was…
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 19:48

Trials tug RT EMOTION

The photo shows the tug RT EMOTION during her trials in the "Maasmond" (Rotterdam/Hoek of Holland) on January 27th 2015. She will be handed over to the owner Elisabeth Ltd at Valletta, Malta and taken in service by the manager, Kotug International BV, Rotterdam. The RT EMOTION is a hybride Rotor Tug ®, type ART 80-32. The designer is Robert Allan Ltd from Canada. This class of tugs consists of five ships, the RT ATLANTIS, RT DISCOVERY, RT EVOLUTION, RT ENDEAVOUR and RT ENTERPRISE. The size of the RT EMOTION is 495 grt, 148 nrt and 350 displacement tons. Her…
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:01

IOS VICTORY to the scrapyards

It is reported that the 1983 built Offshore Tug Supply vessel IOS VICTORY arrived at the Chittagong anchorage (Bangladesh) on the 19th January 2015 for demolition. The IOS VICTORY is the former SMIT-LLOYD 120 (IMO number 8202795), built by "Scheepswerf De Waal B.V.", Zaltbommel, Netherlands under number 719 for Smit-Lloyd, Rotterdam. She has a length of 63.40 mtrs, a beam of 14,73 mtrs and a depth of 5.75 mtrs. The two Stork-Werkspoor TM410 diesel engines develope a total output of nearly 10.000 hp. Her free sailing speed is 15.5 knots and her bollard pull 120 tons. She is classed American…
Sunday, 25 January 2015 10:59

RT ENDEAVOUR departed from Hong Kong

On 22nd January 2015, is reported that the new building Rotor tug RT ENDEAVOUR of owner Elisabeth Ltd. departed from Hong Kong and bound for Port Hedland. The tug is the first departed from Hong Kong in a series of four for Rivtow. Rivtow Marine is a new and innovative operator in the Australian harbour towage market. Rivtow Marine has been awarded a contract to manage four new Rotor Tugs for BHP Billiton in Port Hedland. These vessels will be delivered into Port Hedland early in 2015. The Rotortug® Art 80-32 models are exclusively designed by Robert Allan Ltd., Canada.…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:15

New model for the museum: tug PASSAAT

The other day the National Dutch Towage Museum was happy to receive a very beautiful model of the tug PASSAAT. The model was donated to the museum in October 2014 by the constructor, Mr. J. Maassen from Arnheim, The Netherlands.Mr. Maassen is not unknown to the museum: In the past he has built a splendid model of the steam tug LAUWERZEE, that also has been donated to our museum.The model of the PASSAAT has been positioned in the so called central staircase of the museum and can be admired by anyone underway to one of the other halls.As our co-worker…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 12:12

IJmuiden is searching for old Wijsmuller tugs

A Wijsmuller tug back to IJmuiden? ContinuedBob Rodenburg writes on the following Facebook message regarding "Wijsmuller tug back to Ijmuiden". On Monday 12th January 2015 there is a meeting regarding subject. Would everyone really intends to come forward name, address and 06 number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Also if you have done this already. Meeting Monday 12 January 2015 from 19.30 till 22.00 at Hogeschool InHolland; Wildenborch 6; 1112 XB Diemen. After registration I will send you some extra data via mail including my 06 number.\r\nWe are the interest group "A Wijsmuller tug back to IJmuiden?" (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sleepbootsimson) & (http://museumsleepboot-wijsmuller.webnode.nl). We aim to…
Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:02

HUA AN (former tug SMIT NEW YORK) sold

It is reported that the 1977 built tug HUA AN (IMO nr 7522136), former Smit tug SMIT NEW YORK, has been sold in November 2014 to Asian Salvage & Towage Ltd, St Vincent and renamed SALVAGE TITAN. The tug was built by the Verolme Shipyard, Heusden, Netherlands for Smit International, Rotterdam.(source: Vesseltracker)
Multraship and Damen Shipyards Group have confirmed an agreement for three new ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) Tugs, all for delivery in 2015. After delivery in Vietnam, scheduled for the end of first-quarter 2015, two state-of-the-art ASD Tugs 3212 will operate for Multraship as sister vessels to the 83-tonne bollard pull Multratug 19, which was built by Damen in Romania and delivered in 2012. The tugs will have excellent sea-keeping behaviour, superb manoeuvrability and outstanding towing characteristics. As part of Multraship's fleet expansion an ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid is scheduled to be delivered in Romania in first-quarter 2015. With an expected…
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 12:46

Tugs in camera

Coastal Shipping Publications recently published "Tugs in Camera", written by Dominic and Bernard McCall. Many people are interested in ships generally and many are interested in specific types of ships such as warships or cruise vessels. Tugs, too, have an enthusiastic following and many modellers are also keen on these vessels. In this fascinating book, the authors have taken the unusual decision to present a set of images mainly in portrait format, rather than the landscape format of most pictorial albums, as it seemed that tugs in particular lent themselves to this format for aesthetic reasons. Not all towage involves…
On November 19th, 2014 it is exactly 25 years ago that the "Stichting Help de Hudson" (Foundation "Help the Hudson") was established by a limited number of volunteers. They were of opinion that the tug was a monument in towage history, especially with a view to her great merits during the Second World War. The owners of that time had just sold the ship to the breakers and the Hudson would have become razorblades if the volunteers had not taken the initiative for preservation. M/T Hudson, built for account of L. Smit & Co's Internationale Sleepdienst in 1939, headed for…
KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) announces that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) to merge their European harbour towage operations.The decision is fully in line with KOTUG's strategy and ambition to develop and increase its harbour towagefootprint in Europe. This partnership involves a 50/50 joint venture between KOTUG and SMIT, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boskalis. The geographic scope of the venture covers the European Harbourtowage market which relates to KOTUG's existing harbour towage activities in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK and SMIT's harbour towage activities in the Netherlands and Belgium. The combination…
Pacific Basin Shipping Limited, one of the world's leading dry bulk shipping companies, and Smit Lamnalco, a leading provider of international terminal towage and marine services to the oil and gas industry, announced the sale to Smit Lamnalco of: (a) Pacific Basin's entire shareholding in PB Towage Australia ("PBTA"), including all its harbour towage operations and 16 harbour tugs; and(b) two additional assests (one harbour tug and one barge) currently owned by other PB companies. The transaction is expected to be completed in January 2015 and will constitute the sale of Pacific Basin's entire harbour towage assets and activities. Mats…