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New tugs for LNG work

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012

Smit Lamnalco, an international provider of towage and associated marine services to offshore oil and gas terminals, has placed an order with Cheoy Lee, a Hong Kong-based shipbuilder, for a series of four 32m-long RAstar 3200 class Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs.

General arrangement of the tug

Built to the Robert Allan design, the tugs will be deployed to support Smit Lamnalco’s contract to assist the berthing and unberthing of LNG carriers at new export facilities being developed in Papua New Guinea by the Exxon Mobil-led consortium, Papua New Guinea LNG. They will be deployed on initial ten-year charters with options to extend to 25 years.
The four new tugs will be constructed by Cheoy Lee at its Hin Lee Shipyard. Delivery of the first two tugs is scheduled for October and November 2013, with the remaining two following in January and February 2014. The estimated total value of the contract is USD 35 million.
The four newbuildings will have a maximum bollard pull of 65 tonnes astern and 69 tonnes ahead. Smit Lamnalco said it had included several safety features in the specifications to meet the stringent safety requirements for operations in LNG terminal environments.