VESSEL REVIEW | Semaih – UAE operator adds newbuild to harbour towage fleet

VESSEL REVIEW | Semaih – UAE operator adds newbuild to harbour towage fleet

Photo: Sanmar Shipyards

The Safeen Group, the marine arm of the AD Ports Group of the UAE, has taken delivery of a new ASD harbour tug from Sanmar Shipyards of Turkey. The Robert Allan Ltd-designed Semaih is ideal for ship handling duties with a design based on an intended low-manning operation with a high degree of machinery automation.

The RINA-classed tug has an LOA of 22.4 metres, a moulded beam of 10.85 metres, a maximum draught of 4.89 metres, and two Caterpillar 3512C 1,500kW, IMO Tier II diesel engines driving Schottel fixed-pitch propellers to deliver a bollard pull of 50 tonnes and a free running speed of 12 knots.

The deck equipment includes a DMT electrically-driven fore winch, a Data Hidrolik tow hook with pneumatic auto-release, and a capstan. For fendering, the tug relies on W-type rubber on the stem and stern, D-type rubber on the sides, and 800 ID by 400 ID cylindrical heavy duty rubber on the bow.

Photo: Sanmar Shipyards

The tug can also take on firefighting duties thanks to the installation of a manually-operated monitor that draws water from a pump driven by the main engines. The pump has a flow rate of 1,200 cubic metres per hour.

The navigation and communications suite includes a radar, a GPS, an echo sounder, a chart plotter, a magnetic compass, an AIS/autopilot, a speed log, BNWAS, and area A2 GMDSS. Electrical power for these and other systems is supplied by two Caterpillar C4.4 diesel generators.

The accommodation spaces include a captain’s cabin with washbasin, two double cabins, a mess/lounge, a galley, and a water closet with shower. All interior spaces have HVAC and IMO-approved teak imitating floor surfaces. Sound levels are also greatly reduced due to resilient mounting for the engines and essential equipment including hydraulic pipes.

Semaih joins three earlier Sanmar-built, 32-tonne bollard pull tugs in the Safeen fleet.

Photo: Sanmar Shipyards

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Type of vessel: Harbour tug
Classification: RINA, C Hull and Machinery, Unlimited Navigation, Tug, IWS, MLC Design
Flag: UAE
Owner: AD Ports Group, UAE
Operator: Safeen Group, UAE
Designer: Robert Allan Ltd, Canada
Builder: Sanmar Shipyards, Turkey
Length overall: 22.4 metres
Beam: 10.85 metres
Draught: 4.89 metres
Main engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3512C, each 1,500 kW
Propulsion: 2 x Schottel fixed-pitch propellers
Generators: 2 x Caterpillar C4.4
Maximum speed: 12 knots
Bollard pull: 50 tonnes
Winch: DMT
Other deck equipment: Data Hidrolik tow hook
Fendering: W-type rubber; D-type rubber; cylindrical
Firefighting equipment: Pump; monitor
Type of fuel: Diesel
Accommodation: Captain’s cabin; 2 x double cabins; mess/lounge; galley; water closet

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