ULSTEIN enters new market with ocean going tugs
ULSTEINVIK, Norway -- ULSTEIN has sold design and equipment packages for four ocean going tugs to Niigata Shipbuilding and Repair in Japan. The vessels will be built for the Dutch company ALP Maritime Services.
The vessels are primarily designed for the towing of large structures over long distances. The vessels of the SX157 design are developed especially for this project in close collaboration with ALP. They are expected to deliver in the range of 300 ton bollard pull and will be 88.9 m long and 21 m wide.
“An oceangoing tug typically tows oil rigs, or FPSOs, from the building yards to the installation site at the oil field. In addition, these vessels are outfitted with DP2 and anchor handling capacity in order to assist during the installation/hook-up phase for the towed objects. The SX157 have fuel capacity to tow over long distances, with the ability of towing at full power for 45 days. This is a niche market where we see that our solutions can be a positive contribution,” says managing director Sigurd Viseth in Ulstein Design & Solutions.
ULSTEIN, in addition to providing the design, is also responsible for the deliveries of main components, such as engines, thrusters and propellers, winch, power distribution and thruster drives, control system and communication system.
ALP Maritime Services is a new ship owner for ULSTEIN. The company is a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. The vessels will be built at Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, a yard in the MES group (Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.). The vessels are intended for worldwide operations, and are planned for delivery by Q4 2015 and Q1 2016.