Robert Allan introduces VectRA series of tractor tugs

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The following is the text of a news release from Robert Allan Ltd.:

(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — The new and innovative VectRA 3000-class tug is a high performance VSP tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in close collaboration with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar and Voith Turbo Propulsion. The 99-foot tug is designed for maximum efficiency in the performance of towing, harbor ship-handling and escorting of large ships. Performance has been verified with extensive model tests at the commencement of the design cycle. The unique propulsion arrangement features high speed diesel engines connected to the Voith units via reduction gearboxes with integral clutches. With a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, the VectRA 3000 form can generate escort steering forces in excess of 100 tonnes. Additionally, the design has firefighting and oil recovery capabilities and is fully MLC compliant.

The VectRA 3000 has been designed exclusively for Sanmar to offer as one of its highly successful stable of progressive tugboats for the world market. The first vessel in the series, M/T Ares, built for Italian tug owner Tripmare S.p.A., was successfully launched at Sanmar’s new Altinova advanced shipbuilding facility in February 2016.

Rather uniquely for a VSP installation, the propulsion drive train comprises a pair of Caterpillar 3516C high-speed diesel engines, each rated 2,525 kW at 1,800 rpm, and driving Voith 32R5EC/265-2 cycloidal propellers. The engines are connected to the Voith drives through a pair of Reintjes WAF 863 gearboxes and Vulkan composite shafts, rather than using the more traditional turbo coupling. This combination is smaller, lighter and less costly than the traditional medium speed drive system. The electrical plant consists of two identical diesel gensets, each with a rated output of 86 ekW.

Crew accommodations are all located on the main deck level for optimal crew comfort. There are four single crew cabins plus one double crew cabin, each with an en-suite bathroom. A comfortable lounge/mess area and galley facilities are also in the deckhouse, with galley stores and laundry room located below the main deck forward.

All towing, ship handling, and escort work is performed using a double drum escort winch and escort rated staple fitted on the aft deck. One drum can store 710 meters of steel wire line, while the other stores 150 meters of synthetic towline. For increased operational flexibility radial type tow hooks are installed on the main deck forward and aft.

As in a traditional tractor configuration, the stern is the working end of the tug, and as such features heavy duty cylindrical fendering with a course of W fenders below. Hollow D fenders protect the sheer lines and tie neatly into the W fenders at the bow.

The wheelhouse is designed for excellent 360-degree visibility and includes overhead windows. The split type console is biased aft to ensure unobstructed visibility of the working deck  (including the winch, staple, bulwarks and fenders) during operations.

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By Professional Mariner Staff