Grandweld builds new tugs for Kuwait ports

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Dubai-based shipbuilder Grandweld Shipyards held a keel-laying ceremony for two of the four high-performance TRAktor 2700-Z tugs on January 26, 2022.

The tugs have been ordered by Specialties Construction for General Trading and Contracting Company (SCC) and will be operated by the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) in Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait. Scheduled to enter service by August 2022, the tugs can perform multiple tasks, including vessel assistance, escort, towing, firefighting, oil pollution response and others.

Robert Allan Ltd. worked closely with Grandweld shipyards to develop the custom design for the already built and well proven 27 meter TRAktor series of tugs.

The new TRAktor 2700-Z tugs will be powered by two Caterpillar 3512C main engines, each rated at 1678 kW, driving a Kongsberg US205S P20 Z drive, delivering a bollard pull of over 50 tons.

The vessel was designed to the high standards of equipment for an operating crew of up to eight people. All accommodation spaces, including the single cabins for the captain and the chief engineer and the three double cabins for the crew, as well as the galley and the mess, are located above the main deck.

The tug will be equipped for safe and efficient handling, escort and harbor towing performance. Deck machinery includes a DMT hydraulic single drum escort towing winch and a bow hydraulic anchor windlass/mooring winch. The escort tow winch is wound with 600m of high performance synthetic tow rope. In addition, a tow hook is provided on the rear deck.

The tug will be fitted with a powerful FFS off-ship firefighting system with two monitors capable of delivering up to 2,400 m3/hour of water or 300 m3 of foam/water mixture. The tug is protected by a water spray system.

The tug is also designed to help in the fight against oil pollution. The tug will be equipped with a dispersion system and will be able to store recovered oil in three dedicated tanks on board.

A large hold that can accommodate the necessary portable equipment as well as a workshop is located aft of the engine room. A fully collapsible Toimil Marine telescopic crane with a reach of 10 meters will be installed on the aft deck.

The tugs will be built to the following Bureau Veritas notation: I ✠ HULL, ✠ MACH, Escort Tug, Fire Fighting 1, Water Spray; Oil Recovery Vessel, Second Line, •AUT-UMS; SURVEY IN THE WATER.

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