VESSEL REVIEW | Hermes – Durable, versatile tug pair for US operator Seabulk

VESSEL REVIEW | Hermes – Durable, versatile tug pair for US operator Seabulk

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd

Florida-based marine logistics company Seabulk has taken delivery of two new tugs in a series from Master Boat Builders of Coden, Alabama.

Designed by Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd (RAL), Hermes and Nike each have an LOA of 98.5 feet (30 metres), a moulded beam of 43.5 feet (13.2 metres), a navigational draught of 19.5 feet (5.94 metres), a moulded depth of 15.5 feet (4.72 metres), and a gross tonnage of 299.

Main propulsion comprises three Caterpillar 3512E main engines, each rated 2,375 hp (1,771 kW) at 1,800 rpm. The engines are EPA Tier IV-certified and drive Schottel SRP 430 fixed-pitch Z-drive propellers to deliver a bollard pull of 87.4 tons (79.3 tonnes) and a free running speed of 12.5 knots.

The tugs incorporate RAL’s patented triple Z-drive concept, featuring omni-directional manoeuvrability, and the benefits of a fully redundant and precise propulsion machinery configuration. RAL said the concept offers increased redundancy for ship handling, terminal support, and escort towing as well as enhanced crew safety.

The accommodations are outfitted to high MLC-compliant standards for a crew of up to eight personnel. The single cabins for the master and the chief engineer are located on the main deck while two double crew cabins are located in the lower accommodation deck. Four heads are also fitted on each tug.

Photo: Master Boat Builders

The electrical plant comprises two Caterpillar C7.1 118ekW diesel generators. These supply power to wheelhouse electronics that include an Alphatron autopilot and sea and river X-band radars, a compass, and a depth sounder from JRC.

On the foredeck is a Jonrie Intertech hydraulically-driven, single drum winch carrying 600 feet (182 metres) of eight-inch (0.2-metre) Samson Saturn 12 HMPE rope. On the aft deck is a Jonrie Intertech hydraulically-driven, double drum winch that carries 650 feet (198 metres) of eight-inch Samson Saturn 12 HMPE rope on the hawser drum. The towing drum has a capacity of 2,100 feet (640 metres) of 2.25-inch (0.057-metre) steel wire and is fitted with a spooling gear. This allows ship handling over the bow or stern and towing over the stern.

Each tug’s firefighting capacity is 3,000 gallons (11,356 litres) per minute with a single FFS pump and monitor driven off the port main engine PTO. Foam is carried in portable ISO tanks loaded on deck when required.

The tug has extensive ship-handling fendering all around, consisting of a cylindrical and “W”-fender at the bow and stern and “D”-fender installed along the sides.

Two 10-person liferafts from Viking Life-Saving Equipment are also available on each tug.

Both Hermes and Nike are compliant with USCG Subchapter M and constructed to American Bureau of Shipping class rules.

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Hermes & Nike
Type of vessel: Harbour tugs
Classification: ABS; USCG Subchapter M
Flag: USA
Owner: Seabulk Group, USA
Operator: Seabulk Towing Services, USA
Designer: Robert Allan Ltd, Canada
Builder: Master Boat Builders, USA
Length overall: 98.5 feet (30 metres)
Beam: 43.5 feet (13.2 metres)
Draught: 19.5 feet (5.94 metres)
Depth: 15.5 feet (4.72 metres)
Gross tonnage: 299
Main engines: 3 x Caterpillar 3512E, each 2,375 hp (1,771 kW) at 1,800 rpm
Propulsion: 3 x Schottel SRP 430 propellers
Generators: 2 x Caterpillar C7.1, each 118 ekW
Maximum speed: 12.5 knots
Bollard pull: 87.4 tons (79.3 tonnes)
Radars: 2 x JRC X-band
Depth sounder: JRC
Autopilot: Alphatron
Compass: JRC
Winches: 2 x Jonrie Intertech
Fendering: Cylindrical; W type; D type
Firefighting equipment: Pump; monitor
Liferafts: 2 x Viking Life-Saving Equipment
Type of fuel: Diesel
Accommodation: 2 x single cabins; 4 x double cabins; heads
Crew: 8

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