Towage and marine services provider Smit Lamnalco said it has taken delivery of the SL Wiggins Island, the fifth and final tug purpose-built at Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey.
The tugboats will service three LNG export terminals in the Port of Gladstone on Australia’s east coast. The terminal support escort tug will now make her way to Australian waters where she will join her sister vessels at the beginning of July, the company said in a statement.
The first of the five-ship Robert Allan RAstar 3400 series, with modifications, SL Curtis Island, was delivered last December and, since then, SL Quoin Island, SL Boyne Island and SL Heron Island have been commissioned.
The Bureau Veritas-classed tugs, are 34 metres long, 14.5 metres wide, have a maximum draft of six metres and have FiFi 1 notation. Powered by a pair of Wärtsilä 8L26 diesel engines, each developing 2,720 kW at 1,000 rpm, the tugs have a bollard pull ahead of 86 tonnes, a stern of 80 tonnes and a free-running speed of 15 knots.