SMS Towage expansion continues with new tug christening

Mon, 01 September 2014

Yorkshireman is SMS's fourth Robert Allan design Ulupinar class tug from Sanmar (SMS)

Yorkshire (UK) based SMS Towage Ltd have marked the entry into service of the latest addition to their expanding fleet with the naming of the ASD tug Yorkshireman.

This month’s Tugs & Towing column is reporting on a number of tug christenings, an indication of an industry not shying away from expansion and fleet renewal. SMS Towage is one of those companies and their latest acquisition was blessed recently at Albert Dock Hull by the Rev Canon Neal Barnes of Holy Trinity and named by Annabelle Escreet Writer.

Late in 2013 in response to demand from port users, SMS invested over £5m with the setting up of towing operations in Belfast Harbour. Two ASD tugs from their fleet, Irishman and Masterman were deployed to the increasingly busy Northern Ireland port. Previously services also commenced in the Bristol Channel, in addition to their traditional home ground on the River Humber.

The latest addition to the fleet, Yorkshireman, is one of four similar Robert Allan designed ASD tugs and now part of the SMS Towage fleet, built by Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar (the other three Masterman, Scotsmanand Statesman). SMS director Gareth Escreet describes them as: “small, compact and powerful tugs” adding: “They have the power to berth the large bulk carriers and tankers onto the riverside terminals and they have the manoeuvrability to handle the more intricate operations guiding vessels into and out of Hull and Immingham Docks”.

The Yorkshireman is a Robert Allan Ulupinar 24/50 design (ex Ulupinar XIII) with a LOA of 24.39m, breadth 9.15m and draught of 4.4m on a GT figure of 144.26t and classed by Lloyds Register. The vessel’s main engines comprise two Caterpillar 3512HP diesels, each 1,500bhp (1,118kW) with a total output of 3,200bhp (2,386kW). Performance figures are stated as 50tbp and a speed of 13 knots. Propulsion is from two Rolls-Royce azimuthing stern drive units and auxiliary power provided by two Perkins 4TMG 74kva engines. A single Minimax fire monitor is included with a capacity of 500m3/hr supplied by a SMS axially split centrifugal pump (capacity 650m3/hr). The fire protection provision also included a water curtain around the accommodation. Yorkshireman is able to transfer fuel up to 15m3/hr and fresh water up to 25m3/hr.

Rolls-Royce also supplied two towing winches, the fore-deck model a TW1000/230AW with 60m of 40mm Dyneema line and 110m of 72mm Strongline. The aft winch, a Rolls-Royce TW1000/230H model is equipped for towing over the stern with 600m of 40mm wire and a 23t pull and 100t brake force. Other deck equipment includes two hydraulic towing pins and hydraulic clamp. Accommodation is provided for up to six persons in two single and two twin berths, the accommodation and wheelhouse is heated and air conditioned.

By Peter Barker,-towing-and-salvage/sms-towage-expansion-continues-with-new-tug-christening

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