VESSEL REVIEW | Hadera – Shallow-draught tug to support coal transport in Israel


Israeli government-owned company National Coal Supply Corporation (NCSC) has taken delivery of a new shallow-draught ASD escort tug from the Eregli Shipyard of Turkish builder Med Marine.

Named Hadera after the port from which it will operate, the RINA-classed tug was designed by Canadian naval architects Robert Allan Ltd to be capable of supporting NCSC’s coal procurement and transportation activities, which will ultimately benefit the two coal-fired power plants operated by NCSC’s parent company Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC).

The tug has an LOA of 31.5 metres excluding fenders, a moulded beam of 12.6 metres, a maximum draught of five metres, and a moulded depth of 5.4 metres. Power is provided by two Caterpillar 3516C main diesel engines that each produce 2,350 kW and are connected to a pair of Schottel SRP 460 controllable-pitch propellers mounted on Z-drives. This configuration has proven capable of delivering a bollard pull of 77.5 tonnes and a free running speed of 14 knots.

The tug is fully equipped with deck machinery including an escort winch from THR Marine, a tow hook, a tow pin, a stern roller, and a Toimil deck crane with eight-metre reach and 10.5-tonne lifting capacity. Ship handling fenders at the bow consist of an upper row of cylindrical fenders and a lower course of W-fender. The sheer fendering consists of “D” rubbers and “W” block type fendering at the stern.

The accommodations are for a crew of eight. The deckhouse contains an entrance lobby, the galley, a mess, two officer cabins with en suite toilers, and a public toilet while the lower deck contains three double cabins with en suite toilets. There are also a provision store and laundry room in the lower deck.

Recently completed sea trials have shown that none of the crew cabins registered noise levels that were higher than 54 dB(A), thus guaranteeing that the vessel is capable of providing a comfortable working and living environment for all on board. The engine room also features an acoustically isolated switchboard room, further mitigating the noise in the tug’s other interior spaces.

The wheelhouse was designed with a single split control station to provide maximum all-round visibility especially when viewing the bow and side fendering, as well as operations on the aft deck. Because of this feature, a single operator can manoeuvre the tug in all directions without ever changing stations.

The tug also has Fifi1 equipment consisting of two 1,375m³/h pumps, two foam/water monitors mounted forward of the wheelhouse, a foam tank with 7,200m³ capacity, and a water spray system.

Two Caterpillar C4.4 99ekW generator sets supply power for all onboard systems.

In addition to providing escort duties, Hadera will also be used for coastal towing, ship handling, oil recovery assistance, and general-purpose duties at its namesake port that lies between Tel Aviv and Haifa.

See more stories from this month’s Tug and Salvage Week here.

Type of vessel:Escort tug
Classification:RINA C ✠ Hull ✠ Mach, Escort Tug, Fire Fighting Ship 1 – Water Spraying, Unrestricted Navigation, AUT-UMS, Inwatersurvey, Oil Recovery-Flash Point > 60 °C
Owner:National Coal Supply Corporation, Israel
Operator:National Coal Supply Corporation, Israel
Designer:Robert Allan Ltd, Canada
Builder:Med Marine, Turkey
Hull construction material:Steel
Superstructure construction material:Steel
Deck construction material:Steel
Length overall:31.5 metres
Beam:12.6 metres
Draught:5.0 metres
Depth:5.4 metres
Gross tonnage:494
Main engines:2 x Caterpillar 3516C, each 2,350 kW
Propulsion:2 x Schottel SRP 460 controllable-pitch propellers
Generators:2 x Caterpillar C4.4, each 99 ekW
Maximum speed:14 knots
Bollard pull:77.5 tonnes
Winch:THR Marine
Other deck equipment:Tow hook; tow pin; stern roller
Fendering:D rubbers on sheer; W block type on stern; ship handling fenders on bow
Firefighting equipment:2 x 1,375m³/h pumps; 2 x foam/water monitors; a foam tank; water spray system
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:181,900 litres
Freshwater capacity:37,400 litres
Accommodation:2 x officer cabins; 3 x double cabins; en suite toilets; public toilet; galley; mess; lobby; provisions store; laundry room

Baird Maritime

The best maritime site on the web. The sea's our scene!