• 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.




2018 June 18

18:12 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company takes part in TransCaspian/Translogistica 2018
17:57 Legislative amendment promotes automatisation tests in maritime transport with regard to manning and watchkeeping
17:35 First major forum on the new Silk Road organised by the Port of Marseille Fos
17:05 Aker Solutions teams up with SAP for next steps in digitalizing its business
16:45 HMM signs Letter of Intent for its mega containership orders
16:24 Victor Olersky handed in his resignation notice
16:18 European Council extends sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol for another year
16:05 DryShips announces agreements to sell two older Panamaxes
15:40 Tuapse Commercial Seaport elected seven BoD members
15:33 Poland holds World Maritime Day Parallel Event
15:13 IMO member states must progress on key sulphur cap issues at critical meeting in July
14:59 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,923 in RF spot market
14:13 Navios Maritime Containers announces acquisition of five containerships and options to acquire four additional containerships
13:35 Maersk launches a new line to the Middle East from Fos
13:00 Aker Arctic demonstrates autonomous vessel in model tests
12:36 ABB to improve Edda Fides floating hotel safety with leading digital technology
11:47 Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign cooperation agreement
11:24 Port of Tallinn signs MoU with the City of Tallinn for development of the Old City Harbour area
11:01 Dorian LPG Board declines BW LPG'S unsolicited proposal
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.76% to $72.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.73% to $63.73
10:12 Capital Product Partners L.P. announces new period charters for four of its product tankers
10:03 Port of Silloth invests £250,000 in new solar farm on Marshall Dock
09:41 Fishers fatalities give impetus to fishing vessel safety work
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points

2018 June 17

18:40 Port of Oakland's largest terminal operator OK new lease to 2027
18:38 GoodBulk Ltd. announces delivery of Capesize vessel
18:32 Navios Maritime Partners announces sale of containership and options to sell four additional containerships

2018 June 15

18:35 Hapag-Lloyd implements Peak Season Surcharge from Mediterranean to USA
18:05 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean adds Adelaide on the Australia service
17:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 5M’18 up 12% Y-o-Y to 6.05 million tonnes
17:35 GTT conducts two FEED studies on two types of Gravity Based System
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg in 5M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 610,900 tonnes
17:05 Port of Koper officially part of the New Silk Road
16:40 Yantar Shipyard launches yet another trawler of Project SK-3101R
16:35 Port of Long Beach volume up to 687,427 TEU in May 2018
16:05 Royal IHC joins PortXL
15:45 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 5M’18 declined by 3% Y-o-Y to 7.49 million tonnes
15:22 Main phase of Nizhegorodsky hydrosystem project obtains state expert approval
15:21 VTG FastTrack makes ad hoc transportation from the Port of Hamburg possible
15:00 Vopak opens new rail infrastructure in the port of Antwerp
14:21 Royal IHC and IHC IQIP sign memorandum of agreement with SOIC
14:09 DNV GL issues first type approval for aluminium cables onboard ships
13:16 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’18 down 18% Y-o-Y to 22.63 million tonnes
12:48 Bunker prices are down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:27 Innovative solution for lowering of ship emissions tested in the port of Rotterdam
12:23 LUKOIL commissions third well at Filanovsky field second stage
11:59 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 5M’18 down 1% to 41.48 million tonnes
11:31 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 16% to 24.73 million tonnes in 5M’18
11:02 Lloyd’s Register and TWI launch Fullagar Technologies
10:30 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for Damen tugs Rotterdam & Beagle
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 0.14% to $75.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.09% to $66.83
10:02 Seaports of Ukraine handled 54.3 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’18, down 2.1% Y-o-Y
09:40 Throughput of Russian seaports in 5M’18 grew by 2.7% Y-o-Y to 328.4 million tonnes (detalization)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,433 points

2018 June 14

18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
17:47 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 5M’18 up 37% Y-o-Y to 15.34 million tonnes
17:33 APL unveils new China Southeast Asia Service 8
17:30 Specifications of products to be rated as manufactured in Russia will be updated
17:03 Pasha Hawaii receives new refrigerated containers as part of container replenishment program
16:48 State Duma approves federal law on setting rouble prices for services offered in Russian seaports (document)