TAX CONFERENCE

The recently enacted "American Jobs Creation Act" gives significant tax breaks to a number of U.S. industries--including shipping.

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GA of MAN B&W powered REPASA tug

February 02, 2005

MAN B&W power for Spanish tugs

MAN B&W Diesel A/S, Denmark, is supplying two medium-speed L27/38 twin engine packages for two escort and terminal-handling tugs. The newbuildings are under construction at the Spanish shipyard of Astilleros Balenciaga SA., Zumaia, for Port of Tarragona-based Remolcadores de Puerto y Altura SA. (REPASA).

Each tug will be 33 m LOA, 28.7 m LBP with a breadth of 12.0 m and draft of 4.3 m/

The vessels (hull Nos. 392 and 393), named Romulo and Remo, are scheduled to be delivered during 2005 with a three month interval between the first and second vessel.

The first tug's sea trial runs are scheduled to finish this month

The tugs, for which MAN B&W Diesel's robust medium-speed 7-cylinder L27/38 engines was selected, are designed for heavy-duty operation. The demanding tasks include towage and berthing of tankers at oil jetties, bulk carriers and car carriers calling the Tarragona harbour and terminal area.

Additionally, the tugs will be equipped for fire fighting, oil spill recovery and storage duties. The basic design and classification design was carried out by Spain's Cintranaval S.L..

Because of the operational requirements, a highly efficient and powerful propulsion concept was chosen.

Main engine torque and power is converted into pulling power and maneuverability via two sets of Steerprop SP 35 azimuthing propellers.

The total continuous main engine power of 4,760 kW (6,475 bhp) is predicted to produce a bollard pull of 81 tonnes ahead and 78 tonnes astern. The predicted free running steaming speed is 13.5 knots.

For each tug, the starboard main engine is fitted with an integrated 1,600 kW front-end PTO. This will drive a 2700 m3/h fire pump and a hydraulically powered bow thruster arrangement. The port engine is fitted with a similar 500 kW PTO. This will drive the hydraulics for the deck winches and the bow thruster arrangement.

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