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Second Carrousel Rave tug begins operations

Mon 11 Jun 2018 by Martyn Wingrove reporting from Posidonia, Athens

Second Carrousel Rave tug begins operations
Dirk Provoost (left) and Willem Spijker of Multraship Towage & Salvage at Posidonia (credit: Riviera Maritime Media)

Multraship Towage & Salvage has started operations with its second Carrousel Rave tug in northern Europe. Multratug 33 is working in the port of Antwerp where it is said to be a success.

According to Multraship senior commercial manager Dirk Provoost, it replaced the company’s first Carrousel Rave tug, Multratug 32, at the major Belgium port in April this year. Multratug 32 was then redeployed in the port of Bremenhaven, Germany.

These are the only two commercially operating tugs in the world with this carrousel winch system that rotates 360° around the wheelhouse of the vessel.

Mr Provoost said this makes the tug almost impossible to capsize “which is a good advantage for safety and lowering fuel consumption”, he told Tug Technology & Business at the Posidonia exhibition in Athens, Greece.

The carrousel rave concept was developed by Novatug and includes inline Voith Schneider propellers and the rotating winch. Multraship commercial manager Willem Spijker said these technologies improve manoeuvrability and stability of tug operations.

Multratug 32 was initially trialled and deployed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands before transferring to Antwerp and now Bremenhaven, said Mr Spijker.

Both tugs were designed with a 31.9 m hull by Robert Allan, built by Damen Shipyards and classed by Bureau Veritas. The carrousel winch systems were supplied by Machinefabriek Luyt.

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