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    RAmpage 5000 offshore support tugs delivered to Bourbon

    Vessel & ROV News // December 8, 2006

    In November 2006 the second of two RAmpage 5000 Class offshore support tugs, Bourbon Rhesos, was delivered to its Owners, Groupe Bourbon of Marseilles, France.

    Bourbon Rhesos joined her sister Bourbon Rhode, which was delivered about three months ago from the builders Keppel Singmarine Ltd of Singapore.

    The RAmpage 5000 Class tugs were designed by Robert Allan Ltd, naval architects of Vancouver, BC to respond to the demands of owners for a large, powerful tug capable of supporting offshore terminal operations in more severe weather.

    These tugs are capable of the most severe towing duties,
    but are not as large and as complex as the larger classes of OSVs and AHTSs typically engaged in similar work. Bourbon Rhode is presently working off West Africa.

    The Bourbon vessels are of rugged all-welded steel construction, with an extended forecastle deck, with a strongly raked, two level superstructure above, topped by a wheelhouse providing maximum all-round visibility.

    The aft deck is equipped with crash rails for cargo, a stern gear arrangement suitable for heavy-duty anchor handling, and has space to stow two standard ISO containers under shelter as additional support modules for diving or oilrec operations.

    The tugs are built to BV Notation 1 a Hull, a MACH, Tug, Fire-Fighting Ship 1, Water Spraying, Unrestricted Navigation, a AUT-UMS, and are registered in St  Vincent and the Grenadines.

    Principal particulars of Bourbon Rhesos and Bourbon Rhode are as follows:

    • Length, overall - 49.50m.
    • Beam, moulded - 15.00m.
    • Depth, moulded - 6.75m.
    • Nominal operating draft - 4.75m.
    • Draft, loadline - 5.60m.

    Propulsion machinery comprises a pair of MaK 9M25 diesel engines, each rated 2,970kW at 750rpm, driving a Schottel SRP 3030CP Z-drive unit. This combination delivers a rated bollard pull of 100 tonnes, and a free running speed of 13.5 knots.


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