Smit International awarded a contract to Damen Shipyards Gorinchem for the construction of a new terminal tug, a Damen Stan Tug 3509 for delivery end of this year under yard Nr. YN511606. Built as an enlarged Damen Stan Tug 2909
under standard rules of Bureau Veritas, the vessel will have an overall length of 35.3 m, a beam o.a. of 8.9 m, a draft of 4.3 m and a displacement of 420 tons with empty tanks. The twin screw tug will be powered by two Caterpillar 3516B TA/A main engines driving, via Reintjes WAF 872/7.087:1 gearbox, bronze Promarin fixed pitch propellors within 2,500 mm v.d. Giessen Kort nozzles.
The total ouput will be 2950 kW (3959 bhp) at 1600 rpm. A bollard pull in excess of 52.8 tons is anticipated, with a free running speed of approximately 12.7 knots. The tug will have basic functions for Mooring assistance, Supply, Anchor Handling and Ocean Towing
. The bridge will be constructed for a overall view to foreward, sides and to the aftdeck. A bow fender will be fitted for pushing purposes and on the aft deck we will find a Mampaey quick release tow hook with a safe working load of 65 tons.
The Anchor handling/Towing winch will be a double drums hydraulic type with 40 ton at 10 m/min and 400 mtrs 38 mm steel wire
on one drum and the other drum will have a 610 m of 48 mm steel wire. The tug will have for anchor handling work a stern roller of 4,400 x 1,100 mm. Karmoy towing pins and forks will be fitted for safe working on anchor handling and towing connecting work.
Two anchors of 360 kg Pool High Holding Power with 437 m studlink anchor chain dia 20.5 mm U2. Further more the tug will be equiped with a 1200 m3/hr. Nijhuis HGT fire fighting pump driven by a Caterpillar 3412C TA diesel engine. A Megator DP20 82 ltrs/min disperant set will be installed. For supply purposes the tug will be provided with a SIHI ZLKD 50 m3/hr cargo fuel pump and a cargo freshwater pump.
The nautical and communication equipment will include two Furuno FR-1501 MKII and FR-7062 radars, Plath Navigat X MK1 mod 10 Gyro compass, Plath Naviplot V HSC/GM Autopilot, Furuno GP-90 GPS, Furuno LS6100 Echosounder, 2 x Sailor RT4822 with DSC VHF radio’s Furuno FS-1570 with DSC SSB, 2 x Furuno Felcom 15 Inmarsat C, Furuno NX-500 Navtex and a Furuno FA100 AIS. The vessel will be operated at the West Coast of Africa particully Gabon. The new vessel will be able to meet their requirements. The enlarge deck dimensions together with their speed and bollard pull give the vessel her ideally conditions for local terminal duties.