In early 2008 Sealink Sdn Bhd of Miri, Sarawak, East Malaysia will take delivery of a new anchor handling tug from
their own shipyard. The 38-meter tug, with a waterline length o f36.3 meters and an 11.8-meter beam, is the first of three being built to a design
by naval architect Khiam Chuan Marine of Singapore.
Powered by a pair of 2200 hp at 1800 RPM continuous duty V-16 Cummins QSK60 main engines the 4400 hp tug will have a 60-ton bollard pull and 12-knot operating speed. The first vessel to be delivered, designated Hull SSS122, will have Reintjes WAF872 gears with a 7.455:1 ratio. The second AHT, currently designated Hull SSS156 with have Twin Disc MGN1727VC gears with 7.5:1 ratios fitted to the Cummins QSK60 main engines.
For extended periods at sea the tug will carry 320 tons of fuel and 150 tons of water in the hull with its molded depth of 4.8 meters and a 3.8-meter design draft. Tankage will also be provided for detergent and foam for the fire monitors. It will be fitted, just back of the raised for’cle, with a waterfall winch carrying 1000 meters of 52 m/m wire and will have a brake capable of holding 150 tons. A pair of tow pins and shark jaws will also be installed on deck ahead of the live roller fitted into the transom. A pair of tugger winches will be mounted port and starboard of the main deck winch. The vessel will have a 480-hp bow thruster. A 1200-cubic-meter per minute fire fighting system will be supplied by pumps driven by power take off from both the starboard main engines.
Auxiliaries include three 245 kW generator sets. Accommodation will be provided for 18 crewmembers. The engineer will have a sound isolated switchboard room in the forward part of the engine room.
This is the first of three sister tugs on order. The second and third are expected to deliver in 2008 as well.