Port of Ust-Luga improves safety with two Damen's tugboats
Friday, Apr 28, 2017
Baltic Sea Tug Agency (BSTA LLC, Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga) on April 26 put into operation two new tugboats, Kizhuch and Chernaya Barabulka, IAA PortNews correspondent reports.

The two 5,000-hp ships were built by DAMEN Shipyards Group. The first sea trials and testing of technical characteristics have been successfully held in the Netherlands.

General characteristics: length: 29.84 m; breadth: 10.43 m, rated power: 2Х 2600 h.p, full speed: 12 knots. The ships fitted with firefighting equipment are intended for escorting of tankers and gas carriers. Class notation of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping: KM (*) Arc4 R1 AUT1 FF3WS Escort Tug.

“As of today, they are the most advanced tugboats operating in Russian ports," says Konstantin Protsko, Deputy Director General for Fleet at BSTA. "They are ice-class azimuth tugboats with increased maneuverability ensuring high safety of escort and mooring operations.”

The development of commercial sea port of Ust-Luga means more calls and requires expansion of port services. To meet the demand for tugboats’ services, the port’s largest towing-and-tugboat company, Baltic Sea Tug Agency, has expanded its PORT FLEET to 8 units.

“Our main task is to ensure incident-free mooring and towing of ocean-going ships. That is needed for smooth operation of the port, building up of its throughput, - said BSTA Director General Konstantin Goncharov. – That is why we decided in favor of Dаmen tugs, as the most reliable ships of port fleet.”

Victor Tolkachev, Chairman of the Committee for Economics and Investment Policy of the Kingisepp District Administration, emphasized the significance of the event for Ust-Luga port and the region as a whole.

For more information, please visit: http://www.damen.com/

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