Contract for New Z-Drive Harbor Tug

Tuesday, December 13, 2005
A contract for the Hector P., a new 4,200 hp Z-Drive harbor tug to be built by Orange Shipbuilding for South Puerto Rico Towing Corporation was signed last month. Bristol Harbor Marine Design assisted in the harbor tug contract negotiations along with the acting buyer’s agent, Eric Rivera from Harbor Bunkering Corporation of San Juan, Puerto Rico. “The HECTOR P. is going to raise the bar for tugboats in Puerto Rico,” said Mr. Rivera. “This heavy, powerful boat is just what we need on our southern coast.”

BHMD will also be serving as owner’s representative throughout the duration of the project and will be responsible for project inspections and approvals. Design of the new vessel is being completed at Robert Allan, Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C. The design draws inspiration from the RAmparts 3000 class tug – one of many standard series of proven tugboat designs offered by Robert Allan, Inc. And finally Westernbank of Puerto Rico, which has provided support to the marine industry for years, will be the financing institution for this endeavor.

The vessel’s design is intended as a dedicated assist tug, but it will include capabilities for tanker escort services, fire fighting, and aft towing. The 99 x 36 x 17-ft. tugboat will be classed ABS A1 Towing Vessel (Fire Fighting Capabilities) and AMS, as well as comply with MARPOL regulations as required. The 4,200 hp is provided by two remanufactured EMD 12-645-E7 engines along with two Schottel SPR 1212 FP 360-degree Z-Drives. A 55-ton minimum bollard pull will be provided and two hydraulic powered winches – a 75,000 lb stern towing winch and an 8,000 lb hawser winch – are included in the deck machinery.

Preparations for the construction of the new vessel are currently under way at Orange Shipbuilding Co. The new Z-Drive tug is similar to other tugs previously built at Orange Shipbuilding, which has been in continuous operation since 1974. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2006. “We are eager to get started with this, the shipyard’s first major project since this region was devastated by Hurricane Rita,” said Greg Beers, P.E., a Principal Naval Architect with Bristol Harbor Marine Design, the owner’s representative.

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Hamburg Süd to Acquire CCNI Liner Service

Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) with headquarters in Valparaiso, Chile, and Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (HSDG) with headquarters in Hamburg,

Asia VLCC Rates Could Nudge Higher on Activity

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of First Capesize from JMU

Athens, Greece-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers says it has taken delivery of 'M/V Peloreus' a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (“JMU”) and the

Tanker Trends

Jones Act Tanker Chartered for Airline Refinery

Delta Air Lines Inc's refining unit has chartered a U.S.-flagged oil tanker for the first time, allowing it to tap directly into cheap Texas shale oil as the company overhauls its supply strategy.

Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The

Asia VLCC Rates Could Nudge Higher on Activity

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1076 sec (9 req/sec)