“The commitment of Theodor Buschmann and Maaskant complements Novatug`s dream team, which over the years has benefited greatly from the contribution of Voith, Robert Allan, ABC and the Luyt Group, works closely and, with all their experience and expertise, has created a design that has been awarded the Dutch Maritime Innovation Award.” General Dynamics Information Technology announced that it has received an order from Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) from the General Services Administration in partnership with the Department of Defense and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Construction of the CRTs will begin immediately as part of an agreement between Novatug, with Multraship as its first customer, and the subsidiary of Damen Van der Velden Barkemeyer GmbH. The hulls of the ships are built by the German shipyard Theodor Buschmann GmbH in Hamburg, the final equipment is made by the ladies Maaskant Shipyards in Stellendam, Netherlands. Delivery of the Bureau Veritas-class vessels is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. Meanwhile, Multraship has also signed a contract with Damen for a new state-of-the-art ASD 3212 tug as part of the fleet development project to meet the growing demand for its specialized services. The ship`s deck layout features a forward hydraulically hydraulically trained double escort winch, a single drum-eight and a 25-metre deck crane. There are two one-man cabins, four two-man cabins, a chaos room and a galley. Reducing operating costs, speeding and improving carousel control can have enormous advantages over traditional tractors, for example by widening or even removing tide windows and/or weather windows for some ports. Novatug will offer carousel rave tugs on the basis of a long-term cash charter, in fact, a financial or operational leasing construction that is both common and proven in other capital-intensive sectors such as aviation.
Top left image: Mijndert Wiesenekker (Commercial Director Benelux Damen), Pepijn Nuijten (Multraship), Kees Muller (Multraship), Arnout Damen (CCO Damen), Leendert Muller (Multraship) The RAVE design was developed by senior naval architecture consultant Robert Allan Ltd in collaboration with Voith GmbH. The CRTs have a total length of 32 metres and a train of terminals of at least 70 tonnes. The drive is done by two Voith thrust engines and two main ABC engines from 2,650 kW to 1000 laps per minute. The free running speed is greater than 14 knots at 5,300 kW. The Dutch flag, multratug 31 registered LR was built at Damen Song Cam, Vietnam. A sister ship of the Multratugs 19, 29 and 30 will operate mainly in the Western Scheldt region. It has a maximum throughput of 83.2 tons and a maximum speed of 15 knots. The 453 gt ship is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C engines and features two Rolls Royce Azimuth nozzles and a 2,800 mm diameter pilotable pitch propeller.
Leendert Muller said: “This new tug is necessary because our workload continues to increase and we are confident that this will continue to be the case in a few years. This is not an area where you can stand still. If you want to stay on top, you need to continue to invest in new ships, new equipment, new technologies and good people. That`s what Multraship is doing and will continue to do. Multraship, principal towing and recovery specialist, has commissioned the construction of two evolutionary Rave Tugs (CRTs) of the Damen Shipyards Group through its 100 per cent novatug BV subsidiary.