VESSEL REVIEW | Gang Qin No 501 – New ASD tug for Kaohsiung, Taiwan, from Malaysian Borneo

Kaohsiung Marine Service Corporation, a privately-owned marine services company that has been supporting the operations of state-run Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), recently took delivery of a new ASD harbour tug from Shin Yang Shipyard of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Gang Qin No 501 was completed at Shin Yang’s Yard 2 facilities in Miri in northeastern Sarawak barely a year after the cutting of its first steel plates in October 2018.

The vessel was built to a harbour tug design provided by Kuching-based Mega Salutes Ship Design, a relative newcomer in the Malaysian naval architecture sector, having only been incorporated in 2008.

Gang Qin No 501 is of all-steel construction with vinyl sheet deck surface finish. It has a length between perpendiculars of 35.06 metres, a beam of 10.6 metres, a draught of 4.55 metres (from skeg bottom), a depth of 4.8 metres (from baseline), and a deadweight of approximately 250 tonnes at design draught. The vessel’s onboard facilities include an office, a mess with galley, two one-man berths for the captain and the chief engineer, and five two-men day rooms for the remainder of the crew.

For the tug’s propulsion, Shin Yang turned to Niigata, opting for two examples of the Japanese firm’s commercially successful 6L28HX 1,865kW diesel engine to drive a pair of ZP-41A 2,600-mm fixed pitch propellers. This configuration gives Gang Qin No 501 a maximum speed of 12 knots, a bollard pull ahead of 60 tonnes, and precise positioning capability, which is essential in narrow water areas such as certain portions of the Port of Kaohsiung where the tug is expected to operate.

Much of Gang Qin No 501’s electronics, including the radar, depth sounder, AIS, and GPS, have been supplied by Furuno. The radio is an Icom GM1600E which is temperature-, shock-, vibration-, and drop-resistant and has one-metre depth waterproof construction, as it had originally been designed for use on survival craft.

The vessel’s hydraulic equipment is sourced from Johor-based Mentrade Marine – another Malaysian company that, like Shin Yang, has been in operation for more than three decades. Power for all these systems is provided by two Yanmar 6HAL2-WHT 144kW generator sets.

Although the tug was built for a crew of 12, it is equipped with a liferaft with space for up to 15, thus assuring the occupants of an adequate evacuation capability if the need arises.

Gang Qin No 501 is classed by both Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and Taiwan’s CR Classification Society.

Gang Qin No 501
Type of vessel:Harbour tug
Classification:CR Classification Society; Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
Port of registry:Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Owner:Kaohsiung Marine Service Corp, Taiwan
Designer:Mega Salutes Ship Design, Malaysia
Builder:Shin Yang Shipyard, Malaysia
Construction material:Mild steel
Length overall:37.25 metres
Length waterline:36.171 metres
Length bp:35.069 metres
Beam:10.60 metres
Draught:3.65 metres (from baseline); 4.55 metres (from skeg bottom)
Depth:4.80 metres (from baseline)
Deadweight tonnage:250 tonnes (at design draught)
Gross tonnage:437
Net tonnage:131
Main engines:2 x Niigata 6L28HX, each 1,865 kW @750 rpm
Propulsion:2 x Niigata ZP-41A
Generators:2 x Yanmar 6HAL2-WHT, each 144 kW, 220V/3Phs/60Hz
Maximum speed:12 knots
Bollard pull:60 tonnes (ahead only)
Hydraulic equipment:Mentrade Marine
Radar:Furuno FAR – 1518
Depth sounder:Furono FE – 800
Radio:Icom GM1600E
Compass:Furuno SC-70
GPS:Furuno GP – 170
AIS:Furuno FA – 170
Winch:Hydraulic reel winch
Capstan/windlass:2 x Hydraulic anchor windlass/mooring winches
Other deck equipment:65-tonne towing hook
Windows:Aluminium framed type with toughened glass
Floor/deck surface finishes:Vinyl sheet
Liferaft:15 pax
Type of fuel:Marine diesel oil
Fuel capacity:128 tonnes
Freshwater capacity:70 tonnes
Sewage/blackwater capacity:6.9 tonnes
Crew:12 pax

Nelson E. Dela Cruz

Nelson Dela Cruz is Baird Maritime's Philippines correspondent and a former local facilitator of Interferry's FerrySafe project in Manila and Cebu.