Whampoa is the second in a four tug series of RAmparts 3000’s Cheoy Lee is constructing for Hong Kong United Docyards (HUD). Like the series debutant, Taikoo, Whampoa is named after historic Hong Kong dockyards, and was handed over in mid-November at a ceremony taking place at the Cheoy Lee shipyard in Hong Kong.
The RAmparts 3000 Class Terminal Support Tug is a 30 metre Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tug, specifically designed for ship assist and coastal towing operations. This vessel is designed to meet the requirements of HUD for operations in and around Hong Kong. This particular version has an extended deckhouse with additional accommodation for the crew and cadets that will be aboard the vessel.
Length Overall – 30.00 m
Beam, moulded, extreme – 11.60 m
Depth, Moulded (hull) – 5.10 m
Maximum draft (DWL) – 5.08 m
Loadline draft – 4.2 m above base line
Tank Capacities are as follows:
Fuel Oil – 164 m³
Fresh Water – 29 m³
The vessel has been outfitted to the highest standards for a crew of up to twelve (12) people, although the normal operating crew is five (5). The deck machinery comprises a Plimsoll HAETW/GDG-22-65/150 Hawser Winch at the bow, a Plimsoll HTW/SD-20/150 Towing Winch on the aft deck, and a Palfinger PK32002M knuckle-boom crane. The large main deckhouse contains a spacious galley and mess, three (3) double-cabins, a provisions store room, and a common washroom. The lower deck contains one (1) double cabin, one (1) quadruple cabin, a stores locker, laundry, and a common washroom. The wheelhouse is designed for maximum all-round visibility with forward and aft control stations providing maximum visibility to both fore and aft deck working areas.
This 5000 hp vessel is designed by Robert Allan Ltd and built to Lloyds Register classification, with the notation + 100A1 Tug, +LMC. Propulsion is by two Niigata 6L28HX diesels developing 2500hp each, and driving Niigata ZP-41 azimuthing stern drive units. As well as providing excellent maneuverability, the system provides a bollard pull of 68tonnes, and a maximum free running speed at full load of 12.5 knots
Ship-handling fenders at the bow comprises two rows of 800 x 450 cylindrical fenders. A 350 x 350 hollow “D” fender provides protection at the main and foc’sle deck sheer lines, and 300 mm “W” block type fendering is used at the stern.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, November 29, 2011; Image: cheoyleena