VESSEL REVIEW | Jin Gang Lun 34 – China-built, multi-purpose tug for Tianjin Port


The new tug Jin Gang Lun 34 has joined Tianjin Port’s rapidly expanding tug fleet in Bohai Bay in north-east China, and serves the main roles of harbour towing, berthing and unberthing visiting vessels, with additional functions including fire-fighting and minor ice breaking.

The vessel was built by Sanlin Shipyard of the Shanghai Harbour Fuxing Shipping Service Company.

The owner required the tug to have good visibility and manoeuvrability for ship-handling operations in harbour. The tug was required to have a navigation draught of less than 3.92 metres and gross tonnage under 500GT.

Following her sister vessel Jin Gang Lun 33,which was delivered in November last year, Jin Gang Lun 34 was also custom designed in Canada by Robert Allan Ltd (RAL).

The vessels are believed the first tugs designed to Chinese Classification Society (CCS) “Rules for Intelligent Ships”. The system consists of “N” – intelligent navigation; “M” – intelligent machinery; “E” – intelligent energy efficiency management; and “I” – intelligent integrity platform.

The tug is the ninth tug built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design for Tianjin Port since 2015. As with her sister vessels, she was designed and built to satisfy all the applicable rules and regulations of the Chinese Classification Society and Marine Authority including ILO MLC 2006. Her notaion is +CSAD, Tug, Coastal Service, Ice Class B, +CSMD, BRC.

Jin Gang Lun 34has dimensions of 34.60 metres in length and 11.20 metres in beam. The maximum navigational draught of the vessel is only 3.92 metres, making it suitable to operate in shallow water.

“The vessels were required to be around 35 metres long, which is a challenge for a vessel under 500 gross tonnage,” RAL told Baird Maritime. “The navigational draught of 3.92 metres was also a challenge for a vessel propelled by Z-drives. However, the shallow draught allows the vessel to be restriction free for not only operations but dry docking in existing facilities as well.”

Main propulsion comprises a pair of Daihatsu diesel engines, each rated for 1,471 bkW at 750 rpm, and driving a Kawasaki KST-180ZF/E Z-drive unit with 2,200mm diameter propeller. The propulsion system provides a bollard pull of 51 tonnes ahead and free running speed of 13.1 knots.

The propulsion system setup is quite normal, however the intelligent system provides sensors for online monitoring of the status of the shafting system. The monitoring data can be used for fault diagnosis and identifying potential failure sources. This will enhance operational safety significantly.

The tug is fitted with an intelligent system that consists of four sub-systems: intelligent navigation, intelligent machinery, intelligent energy efficient management and intelligent integrity platform. This system, based on advanced electronic technology, brings the operator’s fleet managing system to a new level.

The deck machinery comprises a Karmøy hydraulic hawser winch on the bow, spooled with 200 metres of 100mm towline on the drum. Two independent anchor windlasses are provided at the bow and a towing hook is provided on the aft deck for coastal towing duties.

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Jin Gang Lun 34
Type of vessel:Harbour tug
IMO Number:217-046
Port of registry:Tianjin Port
Owner:Tianjin Port Holding Co., China
Designer:Robert Allan Ltd, Canada
CAD software:AutoCAD
Builder:Sanlin Shipyard, China
Construction material:Steel
Length overall:34.60 metres
Length waterline:33.25 metres
Beam:11.20 metres
Draught:3.92 metres
Depth:5.25 metres
Displacement:849 tonnes
Deadweight tonnage:198 tonnes
Gross tonnage:499 tonnes
Net tonnage:148 tonnes
Main engines:2 x Daihatsu DK-26e, model 6DKM-25eF, each 1,471 bkW
Propulsion:2 x Kawasaki KST-180ZF/E (Z-drive) nozzled propeller CPP
Auxiliary engines:3 x Cummins 6LTAA8.9-GM200, 1,500 rpm
Generator:150 kW
Maximum speed:13.1 knots
Cruising speed:10 knots
Range:1,500 nm
Bollard pull:51 tonnes
Depth sounder:JRC
Winches3 x Karmøy M362486c
Anchor windlass:Karmøy M362583b
Other deck equipment:Tow hook; capstan; towing staple; cable lifters
Alarm system/s:MCG-420A control unit, EAR-20A governor actuator, revolution pick up
Liferafts:2 x 15pax
Type of fuel:Marine diesel
Fuel capacity:65 m3
Freshwater capacity:40 m3
Sewage/blackwater capacity:2,120 litres

Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.