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New Shetland tugs delayed

Post by davidships » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:48 pm

SOLAN and BONXIE are still at Valencia. SOLAN at least commenced sea trials over three months ago.

http://www.fotosdebarcos.com/viewtopic.php?t=23022
http://www.shetlandmarine.com/2010/06%2 ... 0delay.htm

26 August 2010

THE ARRIVAL of two new tugs for the port of Sullom Voe has been delayed to iron out a number of teething problems.

Shetland Islands Council's harbour board heard on Wednesday that crews and management were happy with the tugs’ performance during initial sea trials and the general standard of work, but more time was needed to go through the long list of problems.

The two £7 million tugs Solan and Bonxie are being built at the Union Naval shipyard, in Valencia, Spain. Both vessels were initially scheduled to be delivered in spring this year.

Harbourmaster Roger Moore told the meeting that there was no point in taking delivery of the tugs when they not ready to go into service straight away. The meeting heard that the number of problems had been reduced from around 500 items to just 99 over recent weeks.

"What we want is a tug that is as perfect as it can be before it comes here. Payment will be on delivery. The good news is that we are not over budget, but we are well over schedule," he said.

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Re: New Shetland tugs delayed

Post by Tug Chief » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:43 pm

Roger Moore the Harbour Master!

No wonder he wants all the gadgits working! LOL!

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Re: New Shetland tugs delayed

Post by StewartM » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:50 am

A bit like Tystie and Dunter then.
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Re: New Shetland tugs delayed

Post by davidships » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:00 am

Six weeks on.......

BONXIE (IMO 9449015). After sea trials on 8/10, sailed Valencia today for............... Barcelona.

SOLAN (IMO 9449003). Seems to be still at Valencia
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Re: New Shetland tugs delayed

Post by davidships » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:35 am

http://www.shetlandmarine.com/2010/06%2 ... 20week.htm

New sea trials for BONXIE and SOLAN this coming week - hopefully problems sorted.
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Re: New Shetland tugs delayed

Post by davidships » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:31 pm

Good news at last!
Bonxie.jpg
http://www.shetlandmarine.com/2010/06%2 ... trials.htm

SHETLAND’S two new harbour tugs will finally set off on their way to the oil port of Sullom Voe early in the new year after months of teething problems with the £14 million investment.

On Thursday Solan was accepted as fit for purpose by harbour master Roger Moore, who is currently at the Unión Naval shipyard, in Valencia, to oversee the sea trials and commissioning work

The second tug Bonxie was expected to be signed off by the Spanish shipyard on Friday afternoon.
The original plan was to hand the vessels over to Shetland Islands Council in the spring and summer of this year, but problems with the steering and exhaust pressure have delayed delivery by around eight months.

On Thursday SIC Harbour board chairman Alastair Cooper said both vessels have exceeded their performance targets.

With a bollard pull of more then 70 tonnes, the vessels are among the most powerful harbour tugs in the world.

Mr Cooper said: “I’ve been speaking with Captain Moore who has been overseeing the sea trials and commissioning out in Spain.

“Despite the earlier problems, he says that both tugs have performed well in the trials over the last two weeks and have exceeded the specification required”.

He added that final payments for the two £7 million each tugs will be retained until all the finishing touches have been completed.

The tugs will then set off together for Shetland in early January, with an official naming ceremony being planned to take place shortly after their arrival.

photo: Shetland Islands Council
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Re: New Shetland tugs

Post by davidships » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:12 pm

At long last they're on their way!

BONXIE and SOLAN sailed Valencia this morning and currently abeam Alicante. Next stop Vigo, ETA 27/1
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Re: New Shetland tugs

Post by davidships » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:54 am

BONXIE and SOLAN made their 2-hour Vigo Anchorage stop on schedule. BONXIE was showing as north of Ushant a couple of hours ago heading for Falmouth at a respectable 10kn. On leaving Vigo SOLAN indicated ETA Sullom Voe 2/2/2011 midday.

(later) - as noted on TT: Called Sunday morning Falmouth to change crew member. Now heading North via West Coast, and ETA Sullom Voe 1800UTA 2/2/2011.
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Re: New Shetland tugs delayed

Post by dmacleod » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:10 am

Just passed Skye and heading into the Minch.
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Re: New Shetland tugs arrived

Post by davidships » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:59 pm

SOLAN and BONXIE arrived on schedule around midday yesterday.

Full story at
http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2011/02/ ... lly-arrive
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