First RAstar Class tug from Robert Allan enters service

A new high performance terminal / escort tug has entered service at the Dragon LNG terminal in Milford Haven, UK, under the Svitzer flag.

The ‘Svitzer Lindsway’ was delivered to the UK from the builders Freire Construcciones Navales of Vigo, Spain, in early November, 2008. The vessel has an overall length of 34 metres, a moulded beam of 14.5 metres, a moulded depth of 6.09 metres and a maximum operating draught of 6.55 metres. The new vessel has a fuel oil capacity of 220 cubic metres, with another 20 cubic metres for potable water and two cubic metres for lube oil. Driven by GE 7FDM 16 main engines generating 2,900kW at 1,000rpm, the ‘Svitzer Lindsway’ has a minimum bollard pull of 46 tonnes. The tug is equipped for typical ship-handling and escort work, with a Rolls-Royce model TW 2250/850/AW 22U2 H hawser winch on the fore deck, with a capacity for 250 metres of 76mm diameter high strength towline. The aft deck is strengthened for a potential future fit of an aft towing winch, but that is not presently fitted. Auxiliary power is provided by a pair of Cummins gensets, each rated 390 ekW. The accommodation is to a high standard for a crew of potentially up to ten persons. The fully equipped galley serves a large common lounge/mess area. The ‘Svitzer Lindsway’ is built in accordance with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping requirements for a Lloyd’s + 100A1 Escort Tug, Fire Fighting Ship 1 (2400M3/hr) with water spray, + LMC, UMS, 1BS, NAV1 notation, and also in compliance with the UK MCA regulations. The fire-fighting capability is provided by a pair of main-engine driven pumps, each rated 1,400 cubic metres per hour, which serve a pair of Kvaerner monitors and a self-protection waterspray system.

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