Quebec-headquartered marine services provider the Ocean Group, through its Ocean Group Jamaica business unit, has taken delivery of a new ASD tug from the Eregli Shipyard of Turkish builder Med Marine. Designed by Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) in compliance to RINA class rules, the tug has been named Ocean Blue Mahoe after the national tree of Jamaica.
The newbuild will be used for ship handling, coastal towing, and general-purpose towing duties. It has an LOA of 25.2 metres, a beam of 12 metres, and a maximum draught of 5.75 metres.
Two Caterpillar 3516C main engines that each produce 2,100 kW at 1,600 rpm drive Kongsberg Maritime US 255S fixed-pitch, 2,600mm propellers to deliver a bollard pull of 75 tonnes and a speed of 12 knots. Box coolers are available for the engines.
The deck equipment includes a THR Marine towing winch with 300 KN of pull, a Data Hidrolik aft towing hook with quick release, and a THR Marine electric capstan. Cylinder, W, and D type heavy duty rubber is used for the fendering.
The tug relies on electronics that include a complete Furuno package consisting of a radar, a GPS, a satellite compass, an echosounder, a speed log, a navtex receiver, AIS, BNWAS, and MF/HF and VHF radios. Other electronics are a Jotron VHF and EPIRB, a Simrad autopilot, a Cassens and Plath magnetic compass, and a Phontech intercom system. Electrical power for all these systems is supplied by a Caterpillar C4.4 generator that produces 99 ekW at 1,500 rpm.
MLC-compliant, climate-controlled accommodations are available for a crew of seven. There are three single cabins – including one for the captain – and two double cabins. Heinen and Hopman supplied the AC systems in the accommodation spaces and in the wheelhouse.
The Jamaican-flagged Ocean Blue Mahoe will be operated out of its homeport of Kingston.
|Ocean Blue Mahoe|
|Type of vessel:||Harbour tug|
|Classification:||RINA C ✠HULL, ✠MACH, ✠ AUT-UMS, TUG, FIREFIGHTING SHIP 1 WITH WATER SPRAY, UNRESTRICTED NAVIGATION, MLC DESIGN, INWATERSURVEY|
|Port of registry:||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Owner:||Ocean Group, Canada|
|Operator:||Ocean Group Jamaica|
|Designer:||Robert Allan Ltd, Canada|
|Builder:||Med Marine, Turkey|
|Length overall:||25.2 metres|
|Main engines:||2 x Caterpillar 3516C, each 2,100 kW at 1,600 rpm|
|Propulsion:||2 x Kongsberg Maritime US 255S fixed-pitch propellers|
|Generator:||Caterpillar C4.4, 99 ekW at 1,500 rpm|
|Maximum speed:||12 knots|
|Bollard pull:||75 tonnes|
|Radios:||Furuno MF/HF; Furuno VHF; Jotron VHF|
|Compasses:||Furuno; Cassens and Plath|
|Alarm system:||Furuno BNWAS|
|Other electronics:||Furuno speedlog; Jotron EPIRB; Phontech intercom|
|Other deck equipment:||Data Hidrolik aft towing hook|
|Fendering:||W type; D type|
|Other equipment installed:||Box coolers; Heinen and Hopman AC|
|Accommodation:||3 x single cabins; 2 x double cabins|
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