22 September 2014

The unique operation for the loading of two tugboats on board of the vessel WIEBKE of specialized company SAL Heavy Lift (Germany) has successfully completed

The tugboats will be transferred to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky through the Suez Channel. The loading lasted for 7 days including the preparatory work. The ferry trip to deliver tugs will take approximately 50 days.

Two tugboats of projects 16609 “RB-406”, “RB-407” were built at shipyard “Pella” in 2014.

To provide the loading of the tugboats from the water the shipyard "Pella" has manufactured a special lifting devices different from those that were made last year. The devices were fastened under water by divers, and the tugboats were secured on the deck of the vessel with the help of a special metal structures (keel blocks).

The tugboats is intended for towing and berthing operations in harbor and coastal areas which comply with R2 navigation area (not more than 100 miles from place of shelter), performing of escort operations at the speed of up to 10 knots, refloating of ships and vessels, fire fighting operations at floating and shore objects, OSR operations, cargo transportation, ice breaking and rescue and special purpose operations as well.

Technical data of the project 16609

Length, max 28,5 m
Width, max 9,5 m
Draft 4,3 m
Speed ab. 12 knots
Bollard pull 47 tones
Class notation KM  Arc4 R2 Aut1 FF3 WS Tug by Russian Maritime Register of shipping
Propulsion complex Z-drives US 205, Rolls-Royce, FPP into nozzle
Power 2x1500 kW at 1600 rpm, Cat 3512B

Deck equipment:

  • bow anchor-towing-mooring winch Fluidmecanica providing 10 t of bollard pull and 1383 kN of brake holding force;
  • 47 t towing hook SWL with quick release device;
  • The tugboat is equipped with cargo crane HM 6/3 S Fluidmecanica with lifting capacity of 910 kilos at the boom of 6 m.

    In order to fulfill fire-fighting operations the tugboat is equipped with external fire fighting system made by FFS (capacity is 800 m3/h, 2 water monitors, water curtains system).

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