Gladstone tug fleet named, blessed
THE champagne flowed freely yesterday afternoon as Smit Lamnalco celebrated the naming and blessing of the latest additions to its fleet of tug boats.
Smit Lamnalco Gladstone Tug Base general manager Evan Milne couldn't keep the smile from his face as the fleet of five 80 tonne bollard tugs were named and blessed.
"These are the most modern tugs of their type in Australia," Mr Milnes said.
"And the addition of these five tugs makes us the largest tug boat operation on the east coast of Australia, with a total of 11 tugs operating on the harbour.
"The only operation larger than Gladstone is at Port Hedland."
The five tugs were named in honour of the islands scattered throughout the harbour and Great Barrier Reef - Curtis Island, Boyne Island, Heron Island, Wiggins Island and Quoin Island.
They will work as LNG escort tugs bringing the LNG tankers in and our of the harbour.
With a beam (width) of 14.5 metres, a length of 34 metres and a six metre draft the tugs are not to be sneezed at.
"These tugs have a bollard pull of 86 tonne and can pull a tanker at a speed of 12 knots," Mr Milne added.
To date the five tugs have made 140 escorts of LNG tankers.
The entire fleet of 11 tugs has put in 30,000 hours of operation since first commissioned in 2011.