• 2018 May 18 14:44

    Star Marine takes delivery of RAstar 3400 quartet

    Robert Allan Ltd. has announced the delivery of four RAstar 3400 escort tugs (Murjan 1, 2, 3, 4) to owners Star Marine Ltd. of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The vessels will be stationed in the Red Sea port of Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, and managed by Marine Services Co. Ltd. The vessels were constructed at the Triyards SSY facility in Saigon, Vietnam, by contract to Greenbay Marine Services Pte. of Singapore.

    The RAstar 3400 escort/offshore terminal tug designation is reserved for a distinctive class of very high-performance ASD tugs, designed with the unique sponsoned hull form developed exclusively by Robert Allan Ltd., which has been proven in both model and full-scale testing. It provides significantly enhanced escort towing and seakeeping performance. Escort forces are enhanced by the effects of the sponsons, as well as by the prominent foil-shaped escort skeg forward. This combination also reduces roll motions and accelerations to less than half those of comparable sized “standard” wall-sided tug hulls.

    These particular vessels were designed to the following Bureau Veritas class notations:
    BV 1 ✠ HULL, Escort Tug, ✠ MACH, Fire-Fighting Ship 1 water spraying, Unrestricted Navigation ✠ AUT-UMS

    Particulars:
    Length overall: 34.00 m
    Beam, moulded, extreme: 13.50 m
    Depth, moulded (hull): 6.18 m
    Maximum draft: 5.71 m (to bottom of the skeg)
    Fuel Oil: 180 m3
    Potable Water: 70 m3
    Foam: 20 m3
    Dispersant: 20 m3
    Bollard pull ahead (100% MCR): 73.8 metric tonnes
    Bollard pull astern (85% MCR): 66.1 metric tonnes
    Bollard pull astern (100% MCR): 71.5 metric tonnes
    Free running speed ahead: 14.1 knots

    The vessels have been arranged and outfitted to a very high standard, with facilities for up to ten (10) officers and crew in fully air-conditioned accommodation. A well-appointed mess/lounge and a modern fully-equipped galley are located on the main deck, as are the Master and Chief Engineer cabins. Three (2) double cabins and two (2) single cabins are located on the lower accommodation deck, and a walk in provision store and laundry space occupy the lowest deck, where access is also gained to a domestic machinery / bow thruster room.

    Deck machinery is powered by an HPU located in the Engine Room, and powers a pair of DMT winches; a double drum ship-assist/escort synthetic hawser winch forward, and a single drum towing winch fitted with 850 m of SWR, on the aft deck. Two of the four vessels also have Palfinger knuckle boom crane’s installed on the Port side with a lifting capacity of 10 tonnes at 4.0 m. The other two vessels have identical pedestal / foundation’s fitted for a crane installation of up to 49 tonne-metres.

    The wheelhouse is designed for maximum all-round visibility with a forward control station providing maximum visibility to both fore and aft deck working areas.

    Main propulsion for each tug comprises a pair of Wartsila 8L26 diesel engines, each rated for 2,610 kW at 1000 rpm, but limited to match the Schottel, SRP 1515 controllable pitch azimuth-drives.

    The electrical plant comprises of two (2) identical MAN diesel gen-sets, with a power output of 300 ekW. The fully automated switchboard – located in an air conditioned control room – is also fitted with the facility for shore power distribution (100 A), and a harbour generator with power output of up to 140 ekW. The bow thruster – tunnel installed, but unit not fitted – is electric and rated for 200 kW.

    The fender arrangement is extensive with a cylindrical fender on the bow, augmented by a 480×300 mm “W” fender below. 300×300 mm hollow “D” fender provides protection at the water line, main, and foc’sle deck sheer lines, and a 480×300 mm “W” fender is used at the stern. Each vessel is also fitted with a streamlined 480×300 mm “W” fender mounted on a low down push knee for handling low freeboard coastal vessels and oil barges.

    Safety and the environment is paramount and addressed by the installation of a SOLAS rigid hull rescue boat, life rafts, H2S gas detection system and external fire-fighting, with additional drenching system and foam. The vessel is also fully capable of supporting oil spill response.




2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018
11:25 Nor-Shipping reveals stellar line-up for Ocean Leadership Conference
10:52 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 16-17
10:28 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 548.4 million boe in 2018, up 6.9% Y-o-Y
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.34% to $61.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.54% to $52.03
09:39 Tallink and Taltech to collaborate on developing smart ship solutions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,055 points

2019 January 16

18:36 Kongsberg Gruppen enters into an agreement with Rome AS to divest Kongsberg Evotec
18:06 Seaspan Corporation announces the closing of the second tranche of the $1 billion aggregate investment commitment by Fairfax
17:55 INEOS, Europe’s largest petrochemicals company, announces Antwerp as the location for its new ground breaking 3 billion Euro petrochemical investment
17:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 2018 grew by 11.5% Y-o-Y to 24.1 million tonnes
17:36 Rolf A. Sandvik resigns as CEO of The Fjords
17:06 Digging begins in construction of new Antarctic wharf
16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
13:54 CHARLES ANDRÉ Group and Dunkerque-Port join forces to develop combined transport service from Dunkerque
13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board
12:58 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.54 million of cargo in 2018, up 14% Y-o-Y
12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
11:56 Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University provide scientific support of dry dock construction at Zvezda shipyard
11:30 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia show no significant changes (graph)
11:09 Port of Oakland cargo volume hit all-time high in 2018
10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
10:35 ​IMO Secretary-General highlightes the need to consider seafarer training and standards
10:09 Fincantieri to build a new ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,096 points

2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
17:52 ASCO Training Center achieved all targets set for 2018