Pusher Tug 2

Rare launch of Pusher Tug for Caspian Sea

The Pusher Tug “Wenna” will be put to water tomorrow, Friday 23 June, at the Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen.
Since its inception in 2015 this will be the Kampen shipyard’s first athwartship launch. Regardless of all the construction work carried out in the last year  all the ships were launched into the water via the shiplift.

The “Wenna” will be released with the assistance of a unique system called the ‘Friese Hellingsysteem’ where the ship glides freely into the water once the cross-skewed wedges are dismantled. This will be a spectacular sight to witness.

It is the first of a series of three Pusher Tugs. In November 2016 the keel laying of this Pusher Tug took place in the presence of the client Silverburn.

The ships will be utilised on the Caspian Sea for offshore support activities, seagoing towing and inland push-and-tow undertakings.

Delivery of the first tug in the series

The “Wenna” will be delivered in August. The construction of the two additional tugs are currently in full swing.

The tug is equipped with a set of towing pins, a stern roller and a 35 ton towing winch with 750 metre capacity for towing and anchor handling. The tug is versatile because of the combination of pushing, towing, anchor handling and the crane capacity. The crane can handle 3150 kg and has a reach of 16.54 metres. The rear deck has a loading scope of up to 9 x 10ft containers.
The client, Silverburn Shipping Group is the first company with a hoisting wheelhouse that sails the Caspian Sea.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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