SA`s Portnet takes delivery of new tugs
Advertise Here
Trending Topics:
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ship Equipment
Ship Maintenance
Ship Systems
Worldwide Metric
Freeman Marine
Neptune Group

Home Page
About MarineTalk
Buyer's Guide
World InfoDesk
Discussion Forums
Advisory Board
Advertising Information
Submit Company Listing
Edit Company Listing
Site Map
MarineTalk Site Search:
Featured Companies

Tidewater Accounting and Bookkeeping Services
TABS provides tax preparation, bookkeeping and financial planning to customers worldwide. Tidewater Accounting focuses on Maritime taxes and international tax issues. Contact our firm for a free consultation for your personal or business tax issues.
    USA Virginia

The Maritime Trust
The Maritime Trust is a registered charity set up to preserve British ships of historic or technical significance and to display them to the public. Over twenty vessels have been restored that would otherwise have been lost to future generations.
    United Kingdom

The GERMAN MARITIME ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION is promoting maritime arbitration in Germany.

Balance Financial
At Balance, we realize your situation is unique. This doesn't mean your needs shouldn't be met. By allowing one of our bookkeepers to work with you, we can assure that the time you spend away from home can be less stressful for you and your family.
    USA Washington

SA`s Portnet takes delivery of new tugs


Two state-of-the-art tugs, were handed over to South Africa's port utility Portnet by shipbuilder SAFbuild at the Port of Durban on Friday. The tugs were commissioned as part of Portnet's ship-handling capability program to meet the increasing volumes of trade passing through the Port of Durban, and to efficiently handle larger container liners calling at the port.

The tugs' fire-fighting capabilities have been upgraded in that they now comply with international fire fighting Fi-Fi regulations. The tug contract marks the entry into the shipbuilding industry by a black economic empowerment (BEE) company--SAFbuild is a joint venture between Southern African Shipyards Ltd. and SAFreight Ltd., a black controlled company. At a naming ceremony held in Durban today, the tugs were accepted on behalf of Portnet by Bheki Sibiya, Transnet executive director. In keeping with the Portnet tradition of naming tugs after rivers at the Port of Durban, the tugs were named the Palmiet and Enseleni. The acquisition of the tugs has come at a good time with the Port of Durban, especially, facing a sustained increase in containerized cargo, Portnet said in a statement.

The acquisition is also in line with a decision taken by major shipping lines to commission fourth-generation 290-meter container liners on the South African route. In recent bollard pull, harbor and sea trials, the new tugs have far exceeded expected capabilities. In the bollard pull trials, they have achieved a 58.9-ton pulling power, up from the stipulated requirement of 50-tons. This compares favorably with existing tugs at Durban (35-ton capability) and Richards Bay and Saldanha Bay (42-ton capacity).

The tugs incorporate the latest international design developments, and follow Portnet research which identified the most suitable design for local use. Their above-average power is made possible by omni-directional vertical blade propulsion. Low maintenance costs will offset slight increases in fuel consumption needed by the higher horsepower engines, while expected reductions in manning levels will have a positive effect across operations.


You may also like:
Trending Technology, World Shipping & Maritime News

Latest Marine News and Technology Articles | Maritime 2015 Buyer's Guide


E-mail:  Contact Us

Copyright 1998 - 2015 MarineTalk
Division of Link Internet Business Solutions
All rights reserved.

The reproduction, retrieval, copying or transmission of this Web site content,
in whole or in part, is not permitted without the express permission of
MarineTalk .