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    Fairmount Marine takes delivery of new "super tug"

    News // May 27, 2005
    Ocean towage and heavy transportation specialists Fairmount Marine took delivery of the first of a new class of five 200-tonne bollard pull tugs at Niigata Shipbuilders, Japan, on May 12th.

    The anchor-handling/salvage/long distance towing vessel was named Fairmount Sherpa.

    Fairmount Sherpa's first assignment is the towage of the semi-submersible barge Ocean Orc, laden with dredging equipment, from Kure, Japan, to La Union, El Salvador. This 34-day voyage is to be undertaken on behalf of Fukada Salvage and Marine Works. Fairmount have been agents for Fukada for many years. Fairmount Sherpa departs Kure on May 30th.

    Forward bookings for Fairmount Sherpa - claimed to be the most powerful tug built to date - include the tow of the FPSO Dahlia from Korea to offshore Angola in early 2006.

    The second in Fairmount's series of five 200-tonne bollard pull newbuildings, Fairmount Summit, will be delivered in early September.

    The three remaining tugs in the series are due for delivery in April and September of next year and the fifth in May 2007. All five newbuilds will operate under the OneAllianz banner.

    The OneAllianz long haul ocean towage pool was established by Fairmount and Singapore-based partners Semco in October 2004.

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