February 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

First Of Two New Tugs Joins Wijsmuller Fleet For Servicing North Sea Oil Production Units

B.V. Bureau Wijsmuller Towage and Salvage Company of IJmuiden, Holland, recently took delivery of the new oceangoing tug Typhoon. The tug is the first of two being built by Van der Giessen-de Noord shipyard at Alblasserdam, Holland. The second tug, which will be delivered in March, has been christened Tempest.

These tugs were specially designed for ocean towing and salvage operations; anchor-handling operations for lay barges, bury barges and drill rigs, and for servicing and supplying offshore oil equipment.

The tugs have a length overall of 156 feet 5y2 inches, a breadth of 44 feet 7y2 inches, a depth of 23 feet, a draft in anchor-handling condition of 17 feet, and a draft for towing of 18 feet 10 inches.

Propulsion is provided by two, 4,250-bhp Stork Werkspoor diesel engines driving two controllablepitch propellers in kort nozzles, providing a maximum free-running speed of 16 knots. A 450-hp bow thruster and twin rudders have been fitted to provide maximum maneuverability.

Accommodations are provided for officers and crew in single cabins. Additional accommodations are provided for passengers and a salvage team.

The wheelhouse provides maximum visibility all around. It is fitted with dual controls for the main engines, bow thruster and steering gear. The navigation equipment includes interswitchable anticollision radar, direction finder, echosounder, gyrocompass, autopilot, Decca navigator, doppler speed log, etc.

Both tugs will be classed by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

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