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    Mexican tug sold to Trinidad

    Vessel & ROV News // February 6, 2004
    Marcon International of Coupeville, Washington in the US has announced that the Mexican flagged, 7,000hp, twin screw tug Marmex VII (ex-Drive Mar, ex-Keverne, ex-Groenland) has been sold by Maritima Mexicana SA de CV to Coloured Fin Ltd of Trinidad andTobago. She will be renamed Thunderer.

    The tug was originally built in 1977 by Jonker & Stans in Holland and is currently classed with Bureau Veritas. The tug measures 135.8ft x 34.4ft x 17.4ft depth with a 14.4ft maximum draft. She is powered by two super-charged Alco 12-251F diesel main engines producing 4460 BHP total. The vessel is configured as a conventional twin screw with controllable pitch propellers in kort nozzles and a bow thruster.

    Groenland was one of three sister-tugs, the others being the Schotland and Isjland, originally for Sleepdienst Willem Muller (Terneuzen Tugboat Co) which ran into financial difficulties in 1984. At this time, the tugs were sold at auction to the bank which originally financed them. In 1985 they were bought by Goliath Shipping and Trading of Holland and later split up and operated by various companies worldwide.

    Thunderer will work in ship-docking and offshore towing in Trinidad and throughout the Caribbean region.

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