The first of a new series of the RAmparts 3500 Class ASD tug design has been delivered to its Owners Tianjin Port, a major port in the northern part of China.
The new tugboat, named Jin Gang Lun 26 was constructed at Shanghai Harbour Fuxing Shipping Service Company, and a sister vessel is under construction at the same shipyard.
The designers, Robert Allan Ltd., explain that the hull of the new 35 metre design has been developed from the very successful 32 metre RAmparts design series, of which more than 100 tugs have been built in the past decade. However the design was extensively customized, including the fendering system, accommodation layout, wheelhouse arrangement, etc., to suit the particular operational requirements of ports in China.
The tug was also designed and built to CCS Ice Class B, and Fire Fighting 1 Vessel, although it is not formally classed to these notations.
For ship-handling service in LNG terminals, the tug is fitted with a safety system which includes gas detection alarms in the wheelhouse, sensors around the deckhouse, and explosion-proof motors for air intake fans on main deck and deckhouse.
The designers say that on trials, the Jin Gang Lun 26 exceeded all contractual performance requirements.