Sharjah’s Albwardy Damen launches world’s biggest Rotortug
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Albwardy Damen in Sharjah has delivered the world’s biggest Rotortug, the ART 100-46 RT Raven to Perth-based KT Maritime Services Australia.
The Infield Support Vessel (ISV) RT Raven is built to a Robert Allen design and is a customised 46 meter-long, DP2, 100-ton bollard-pull Rotortug for offshore support.
She is designed and outfitted for operations in the Timor Sea, 500km north-west of Darwin and 250km south of East Timor.
RT Raven has been specifically designed to meet the field’s unique marine service requirements which include tanker berthing and operations support, including emergency response.
“This is a very significant contract for KT Maritime as we work towards further establishing ourselves as a reputable service provider to the oil and gas segment,” said Kotug CEO Ard-Jan Kooren. Kotug is one of the joint venture partners that set up KT Maritime Services.
“This is a special vessel in many ways. It is the biggest Rotortug ever built, it is also one of the most powerful tugs ever built in the UAE,” said Lars Seistrup, MD of Albwardy Damen. “We are very pleased with the end result which is the consequence of close cooperation and teamwork with the client.”
The RT Raven is the sixth Robert Allan Rotortug design to be sold, managed, engineered and purchased through Damen’s yard in Hardinxveld, while it is the first to be built in the UAE.
The vessels are built at the Damen yards in Gdansk, Poland and Sharjah, U.A.E.
For Kotug it is the third Rotortug delivered by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, after the ART 80-32 RT Evolution and the RT Emotion.