Ocean Tug For Swiber Offshore
Senior Operations Manager Capt. Geow Teck Chye is a busy man keeping up with all that is happening in the growth oriented Swiber Offshore Pte. Ltd. The Singapore-based company, a component of the larger Swiber Group (www.swiber.com) has operations throughout much of the Far East working with a long list of petro-companies. The marine division currently has several new tugs and barges under construction.
In late March Capt. Geow was in Sibu, Sarawak, East Malaysia overseeing the sea trials and delivery of the company's latest tug, the Swiber Eagle from Sapor Shipyard. Typical of the firm's operations and vessels this is a fully classed IMO compliant ocean-towing tug. From the fully redundant GMDSS communications system on the bridge to the pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 main engines all components are IMO compliant. The bridge equipment includes Furuno radar, AIS and GPS systems. A PC computer with printer also serves as a combined fax, telex, GSM and e-mail messaging system utilizing the AmosConnect service.
The 32x9.76-meter (105x32-foot) boat has a 4.3-meter (14.1-foot) molded depth and a 3.5-meter designed draft. Accommodation is provided for 13 men. On her maiden voyage the 10-man crew, including Capt. Abdul Raof Masse, were all Indonesian nationals. Tankage is provided for 278 cubic meters of fuel, 50 m3 of water and 43 m3 of fresh water ballast.
The 16-cylinder Cummins KTA50 M2 main engines each produce 1600 hp turning at 1800 RPM into Reintjes WAF 663 vertical offset marine gears with 5.95:1 ratios. This gives the 3600 hp boat a bollard pull of about 42 tonnes and a 12-knot free running speed. A pair of 70 Kw gen sets meets the vessel's electrical needs.
On deck, the tug is fitted with an 80-tonne brake single-drum towing winch loaded with 600 meters of 42 m/m wire. A 35-ton towing hook is mounted aft of the winch.
The Swiber Eagle sailed on a maiden voyage on March 25 bound for Shanghai where she would pick-up a new 250x90-meter barge. She would then proceed south to carry pipe for phase II of a pipe-line laying project at Huizhou Island under contract to Global Marine.
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