Tugboat DMS Condor has been busy putting her powerful towing abilities to work this month. She is a twin-screw vessel, certificated under the MCA CAT1 Workboat Code of Practice for operation up to 150 nautical miles from a safe haven for general operations. Built by the Daman Shipyards in Holland, she is a Damen Shoalbuster 2509. Strong and reliable and with accommodation for up to 4 crew, she provides towage, mooring, anchor handling and dredging support services.
Her first sizeable load of the month was a large steel caisson with a massive 9m draft, that needed transporting from Rotterdam to Plymouth on behalf of Dutch construction specialists Ravestein.
Due to size of the caisson’s draft and the extra Brexit paperwork and permissions now necessary, a lot of careful planning was involved before the sailing got underway. Using her strong 40T 36mm Ø – 250m towing winch for the journey, which is about 450 Nautical miles, the delivery was successfully achieved in good time helped by some calm weather and careful towing!
“SubHub” under tow with a tidal turbine on board.
Subhub supports every stage of a tidal turbines life from integration ashore to deployment, installation and retrieval for maintenance and finally decommissioning.
DMS Condor’s next job was to tow a large Subhub tidal turbine float system from Pembroke, Wales to Southampton. Subhub is a submersible, gravity based, foundation platform developed by QED Naval Ltd, that supports the deployment and recovery needs of tidal turbines. This was another deep draft tow which restricted the journey to 3 knots towing speed but DMS Condor’s powerful 1947hp engines made light work of what would otherwise have been a difficult journey.
If you have a requirement for marine operations in shallow or near shore projects, please feel free to get in touch. Tugboat DMS Condor is available for towage, mooring, anchor handling and dredging support services throughout northern Europe with other destinations considered too.