June 18, 2008
Multraship takes delivery of new ASD tug
Dutch towage and salvage company Multraship has taken delivery of its new multi-purpose Azimuth Stern Drive tug, Multratug 17, from the Vega Shipyard in Bandirma, Turkey.
The 35.7 m LOA tug has a molded beam of 11.50 m and has multi-role capabilities for harbour, escort and sea towage as well as full firefighting and salvage roles.
It has FiFi 1 fire-fighting, salvage, escort towage and oil recovery notations, and is powered by two Caterpillar engines, delivering 70 tonnes bollard pull.
The Multratug 17 has a double drum winch aft and a single drum winch forward and a free running speed of 13.5 knots. It is classed by Bureau Veritas and is registered under the Netherlands flag.
The new tug is to start work straight away, going on charter to Offshore Marine Contractors. Initially, it will be involved in rig moves in the North Sea, and next month is scheduled to tow a jack-up platform from Rotterdam to the Robin Rigg windmill park in the Irish Sea.
Multraship managing director Leendert Muller says, "Demand for reliable towage services in the North Sea is strong and we are pleased that we have expanded our fleet of modern vessels with the delivery of Multratug 17."
Multratug 17 was christened by Mrs Heleen Muller-Ribbens on June 12 at a special ceremony in its home port of Terneuzen, attended by approximately 350 guests.