Maersk Tackler sold to private interests

Vessel & ROV News - December 5, 2005

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Broker Marcon International has confirmed that A P Moller/Maersk Supply Service in Denmark has sold the 12,240bhp, 1,475dwt anchor handler Maersk Tackler (ex-Tawaki, Federal Atlantic, Seaforth Atlantic) to private interests.

Mærsk Tackler has seen work supporting the oil and gas industry in most areas of the world, from the North Sea to West Africa and from Brazil to the Far East, the latter being the region where the vessel had been working prior to recently mobilizing to Israel to support drilling operations. The vessel was delivered to her new owners in Egypt.

The 68.5m x 14.5m x 6.9m anchor handling tug supply vessel was built in 1983 by Hyundai Heavy Industries of Ulsan, South Korea for Seaforth Maritime Ltd and was later owned and operated at various times by Fednav Offshore and Star Offshore Services Ltd before being purchased by Maersk in 1990 along with three 'T' Class sister vessels.

She is heavily ice strengthened and classed Lloyds +100A1, +LMC UMS Offshore Tug/Supply Vessel Ice Class 1A Super and Canadian Arctic Class II.

The vessel’s ice class means that she has been able to work, where many other vessels could not. The vessel has a continuous bollard pull of about 113 tonnes, provided by four Bergen/Normo KMBV-12 diesels of 3,060BHP each and two Ulstein controllable pitch propellers in Kort nozzles.

The vessel is also fitted with two 800bhp tunnel bow thrusters, one 800bhp stern thruster and an Ulstein joystick.

Anchor handling tasks are carried out by the use of a Brattvaag triple drum waterfall winch with a maximum pull of 260 tonnes and static brake of 400 tonnes. Deck gear also includes a pennant wire reel, Triplex 300 tonne SWL Shark jaws, Triplex towing pins, a 2.5m x 3.66mm stern roller and various hydraulic capstans and tuggers.

The 36.0m x 11.0m clear deck aft can carry about 410 tonnes of deck cargo plus the vessel can provide significant tank capacities below deck for both liquid cargoes and dry bulk.

Accommodation is provided for a total of 21 persons including crew in 15 cabins.

Marcon International represented buyers in the purchase, while Offshore Shipbrokers Ltd of Aberdeen in the UK represented the sellers.


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