Keel laying held for two RAL TRAktor tugs bound for Kuwait

Feb 25, 2022

Grandweld Shipyards in Dubai held a keel-laying ceremony Jan. 26 for two of four high-performance TRAktor 2700-Z tugs, hull numbers H185 and H186, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL).

The tugs were ordered by Specialities Construction for General Trading and Contracting Co. (SCC) and will be operated by the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) in Shuwaikh Port. The tugs can perform multiple tasks including ship assist, escort, towing, firefighting and oil pollution response.

The keel-laying ceremony was attended by Jamal Abki, general manager of Grandweld; Mubarak Al Woqayan, CEO of SCC, and Bureau Veritas (BV) class representatives in Dubai. Robert Allan Ltd. worked closely with Grandweld Shipyard to develop the customized design of the previously built 88-foot TRAktor tug series.

The new TRAktor 2700-Z tugs will be powered by two Caterpillar 3512C main engines, each rated 1,678 kW, driving a Kongsberg US205S P20 z-drive, delivering a bollard pull in excess of 50 tonnes.

The vessel has been designed to the high standards of outfitting for an operating crew of up to eight. All accommodation spaces including master and chief engineer’s single cabins, and three double crew cabins along with the galley and mess, are located above main deck.

The tug will be outfitted for safe and efficient performance of ship handling, escort and harbor towing. The deck machinery comprises of DMT hydraulic single-drum escort towing winch and hydraulic anchor mooring windlass/winch at the bow. The escort towing winch is spooled with 1,970 feet of high-performance synthetic towline. In addition, a towing hook is provided on aft deck.

The tug will be equipped with powerful FFS off-ship firefighting system with two monitors that can deliver up to 2,400 cubic meters per hour of water, or 300 cubic meters of foam/water mix. The tug is protected by water spray system.

The tug is also designed to assist in oil pollution response. The tug will be equipped with dispersant system and is capable of storing recovered oil in three onboard dedicated tanks.

A large hold capable of accommodating necessary portable equipment along with workshop is arranged aft of engine room. A Toimil Marine fully foldable telescopic crane with a 33-foot outreach will be fitted on the aft deck.

The vessels are expected to enter service by August 2022.