Svitzer Australia’s newest tug to serve Port of Geraldton

Singapore’s ASL Shipyard recently delivered the newbuild ship handling and escort tug Svitzer North to Svitzer Australia.

Built according to LR and NSCV rules, the Robert Allan Ltd-designed tug has an LOA of 30 metres, a moulded beam of 13.2 metres, and a maximum draught of 5.5 metres. Two Caterpillar 3516C IMO Tier II-compliant main engines deliver a bollard pull of 71 tonnes and a free running speed of 13.6 knots.

Onboard amenities include single cabins for the master and the chief engineer, four double cabins for the remaining crew, and a laundry room.

The deck machinery comprises an Ibercisa hydraulic double drum escort winch and two hydraulic vertical anchor windlasses on the bow. The escort winch is spooled with a high-performance soft line on each drum.

In addition, a towing hook is provided on the aft deck.

Svitzer North will be operated out of the Port of Geraldton in Western Australia.

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