Ghana Ports welcomes tug trio into service

Photo: TOR Group

Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) recently commissioned three ASD harbour tugs into service for its operations at the Port of Tema.

The newbuilds have been named Ben Owusu-Mensah, Josephine Asante, and Commander K.T. Dovlo after former GPHA executives. All three vessels belong to the same series of 80-tonne bollard pull tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd and built by Turkey’s TOR Group.

Each tug has an LOA of 32.8 metres, a moulded beam of 12.8 metres, a maximum draught of 5.8 metres, and two Cummins QSK95-M 2,560kW engines that deliver speeds in excess of 14 knots.

The tugs are equipped to fulfil a multitude of missions including but not limited to ship-assist, firefighting, and pollution response. Hence, the vessels are equipped with a FiFi1 class off-ship firefighting system with a Marsis 2,750 cubic metre per hour fire pump, a water spray system, and tankage for recovered oil.

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