Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey is in the process of shipping a Robert Allan Limited designed Rascal Class ASD tug to Port Otago Limited (POL) in New Zealand.
The new tug, named ‘Arihi’, measures 18 metres long, has a bollard pull of 30 tonnes and was completed in less than five months from date of order.
The new boat will be primarily used by POL in assisting in channel dredging, a task that began in 2015.
‘Arihi’ will also be available for ship assist duties and possible external charter opportunities. The vessel is fitted with a push bow and special side and aft fendering to assist in these varying assignments.
The vessel will be delivered to Port Otago on a heavy lift vessel in June.