Pilbara Marine Orders 6 Rotor Tugs

left to right: Jos van Woerkum (Managing Director, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld), Roland Briene (Area Sales Manager, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem), Simon Evans (Technical Advisor), Rebecca Hayward (Legal Manager Strategic Contracts / Developments at Fortescue Metals Group), Vincent Maes (Area Sales Manager, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem), Peter Huston (Director – Corporate, Fortescue Metals Group), John Krielaart (Design & Proposal Engineer, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem), Arnout Damen (CCO, Damen Shipyards

Posted by Michelle Howard

Pilbara Marine Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortescue
Metals Group Ltd has placed an order with Damen Shipyards for the
building of six, 32-meter Rotor Tugs. These will be deployed at
the company's operations at Port Hedland on Australia's west
coast, the world's largest bulk export port. From there,
Fortescue exports 165-170 million metric tons of iron ore per

The six tugs are of the ART 85-32W class, designed by Robert
Allan Ltd. Their Rotor Tug propulsion system features three
azimuth thrusters; two forward and one aft. Together these
deliver the full 85 metric tons of bollard pull over both the bow
and the stern, and 65 percent from amidships. The Rotor Tug
system delivers additional benefits regarding maneuverability,
braking and engine and winch redundancy. The W notation refers to
the increased beam of these designs, providing additional
stability during escorting operations conducted regularly at Port

In May 2016 Pilbara Marine was awarded a second towage license by
Pilbara Ports Authority for the port of Port Hedland and the new
ART 85-32W rotor tugs will enable it to offer long-term,
sustainable towage services.

The six Rotor Tugs will be built at Damen's Song Cam Shipyard in
Vietnam. The first two are scheduled for delivery ex-yard by the
end of October 2018, with the remaining four due in early 2019.

Mar 7, 2017

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