Thursday, January 31, 2013

New for McKeil

Rumours are circulating that McKeil has acquired two tugs from Swire Pacific Offshore. Built in 1994 for Hong Kong Salvage & Towage Co Ltd, the former Mai Po and Shek O are 4,000 bhp stern drive anchor handling/supply tugs of 54.5 tonnes bollard pull.Currently named Pacific Tempest and Pacific Typhon respectively they are registered in Barbados, but operated through Swire's Singapore offices.
Built by Imamura Zosen in Kure, Japan, they are powered with Niigata main engines and Rexpeller stern drives. They also have bow and stern thrusters. These drive combinations are common in Asia, but virtually unheard of in Canada.
For spec sheets see:

For general arrangement:
While no doubt they are handy tugs, they will require considerable Canadianization I expect.

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