Tugs ahoy for Maputo
Jun 10, 2003
Two powerful harbour tugs, recently purchased by Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), sailed this week from Hong Kong for Maputo on board the heavy lift ship ´Da Zhong´.
Part of a USD70 million capital investment programme being implemented by MPDC which took over the control and development of the Mozambican transit port in April, the two tugs are expected to arrive on 26 June.
These highly manoeuvrable and modern tugs, which are sister vessels built in Japan, are well equipped for time-sensitive operations on the long, riverside frontage of Maputo and Matola. They are able to handle large and small ships with equal efficiency.
Each tug will be crewed by an experienced Hong Kong harbour crew, who will fly to Maputo to rejoin their vessels. The tugs will go into operational service immediately on arrival.
´The purchase of these specialised craft will put Maputo in a better competitive position to handle the expected traffic growth and will improve substantially our safe berthing capacity, achieving international standards of safety´, commented Ken Shirley, MPDC´s Operations Director.
The tugs have a bollard pull of 37 tonnes each and are driven by twin Z-Peller diesel propulsion units, rated at 3,000 BHP at 3,000 RPM.