Line handlers delivered to Jordanian ownerVessel & ROV News // October 8, 2015
Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey recently completed two RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners. The tugs are now delivering marine services to the FSRU berthing facility at the Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah LNG terminal in Aqaba, Jordan.
The new units are the conventional twin screw version of the Robert Allan Ltd RAscal 1500 series line-handling tug.
The tugs are 14.9m long with a breadth of 8.3m. Powered by two 448kW Caterpillar C18 engines and driving 1.2m propellers in nozzles they achieved a bollard pull of 14 tonnes and a top speed of 10 knots with a draft of 2.7m.
The engines are keel cooled with all coolers fitted in the aft run of the hull. Measured Noise levels are very low with 68 dBA in the wheelhouse and 60 dBA in the cabins.
On the aft deck there is a tow bitt and a 15 tonne tow hook. A pipe guard over the house and folding mast allows the tugs to pass under ships' mooring lines. There are two double cabins in the fo'c'sle as well as a head with shower, a galley, and mess.
The wheelhouse has excellent 360° visibility including a clear view of the tow hook. Sky windows give good overhead visibility. The engines are removable through a bolted hatch between the funnels. The electrical plant is powered by two Caterpillar C4.4 generators. Fuel capacity is 14 tonnes and fresh water capacity is 2 tonnes.