A new tug on the Thames

Mon, 05 January 2015

London, UK-based marine services provider Livett’s Group have a new addition to their fleet of tugs and workboats in the form of the Delta Tug 'Gray Vixen'.

While the media radar naturally picks up on the glamorous world of high-tech new build tug deliveries, it is also important that developments for smaller operators are not overlooked. It may not be so glamorous, but for companies such as Livett’s, news of their recent acquisition is nonetheless worthy of mention.

Gray Vixen was until recently part of Svitzer’s Felixarc fleet, based just along the coast at Ipswich in Suffolk. Built by Delta Shipyard Sliedrecht in 1991, the vessel has an overall length of 16.5m (waterline length 15.74m), beam 5.18m, depth 2.4m and a deadweight of 19.06t on a draught of 2.3m. Two Cummins KT19M engines deliver a total of 850bhp producing a useful 13 tonnes bollard pull. The vessel meets the requirements of MCA Coded Cat 2: 60 miles from a safe haven.

Now based in London, the soon to be renamed Gray Vixen will join in the diverse range of activities Livett’s are engaged in on the Tidal Thames and associated waterways. As well as traditional towage and civil engineering work the high-profile nature of the London river attracts equally high-profile and complex marine projects including PR and filming events. Livett’s have played ‘supporting roles’ in projects including the James Bond film The World is not Enough and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Their diverse fleet of owned and chartered vessels includes tugs, barges and pontoons. The opportunities provided by the unique location of the Thames is reflected in Livett’s activities which includes: luxury party boat charter, PR and consultancy, marine logistics, super yacht agency and the owning and operation of a number of private moorings and piers. Gray Vixen will clearly be kept busy in its new career.

Chris Livett, managing director said: “Gray Vixen is leaving one reputable stable to another. She is versatile, powerful and an excellent addition to our London fleet. Gray Vixen will be engaged in all areas of our business in particular completing high profile, large tows in Central London and beyond.”

Source: Peter Barker,-towing-and-salvage/a-new-tug-on-the-thames

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