New tug enters service in Durban

Apr 6, 2003
Author: P&S

The port of Durbanís latest new tug, Mkuze (yard number 305) entered service on Friday, March 28.

Mkuze is the fifth new Voith Schneider propulsion tug ordered by the National Ports Authority and built by SAFBuild at their Durban shipyards.

The tug took less than one year to build from scratch and this timetable included a 9-month delivery from overseas for some of the machinery.

The successful delivery of the tug is evidenced by sea trials taking only one day to complete before both the client and shipbuilder were satisfied. Mkuze achieved results of almost 13 knots and a bollard pull of 55 ton. The tug has already entered service, replacing another newbuild, Enseleni, which has been transferred to the port of Cape Town to join the first tug in the series, Palmiet in service in that port.

The NPA is expected to award contracts for a further two harbour tugs shortly. It is believed thatís several South African shipyards have tendered for this contract, including one shipyard with connections with a Chinese builder.

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