MV Osanyamo, the first of the new Damen Azimuth Stern Drive Tug 5114 class has completed the sea trials it started a fortnight ago. The trial which took place on the Yangtze River, China concluded on November 18, 2016 in China.
While its construction began in June 2015, it was launched into the waters in June 2016 just as its delivery is expected next month.
Apparently impressed by the development, the vessel owner said: “We recall going through the design and detailed engineering stage to the steel cutting and keel laying phase up to the point we are today. At our last technical visit to the shipyard to inspect the vessel, we were impressed at the quality and progress of work. We eagerly anticipate her safe delivery to Nigeria to commence operation.”
Built for Starzs Investments Company Limited (SICL) in Nigeria, the primary purpose of the vessel is to assist in tanker lifting operations alongside FPSOs in the Gulf of Guinea in line with the company a contract with Total E&P Nigeria Limited.
Describing the ASD 5114 model as the largest in Damen’s ASD tug range to date, SICL in a statement obtained by THISDAY said it is 52.3 metres in length and displacing 800 tonnes.
Other features of the vessel include 268 square metres of deck space at 5 tonnes load per m², large fuel and fresh water tanks with transfer capabilities and towing winches both fore and aft. Her bollard pull capability will be up to 90 tonnes astern and 100 tonnes ahead.
According to SICL, the vessel is a state-of-the-art, highly manoeuvrable vessel fully equipped for offshore operations. The double-tier deckhouse provides accommodation for 14 crew and up to 10 passengers. Propulsion is via two main diesel engines powering twin nozzles designed and built by Damen Marine Components. Additional capabilities include fire-fighting (FiFi1) and oil recovery operations, with 101m of integral oil recovery tanks. She is also equipped to handle hoses and lines for cleaning, inspection and repairs on the aft deck.
Continuing, the firm stated that MV Osanyamo will join MV Osayeme, a Damen ASD Tug 3211 built at Damen Shipyards Cape Town, South Africa and delivered in 2009 and has maintained a record of 5 years of no downtime and loss time injury operations. As ship owners and managers, offshore marine services providers and a private maritime security provider.
THISDAY had reported that SICL owns and operates a range of vessels including terminal tugs, security patrol vessels and OSVs.
Over the years, SICL has built a reputation guaranteeing zero down time and loss time injury operations in the Nigerian maritime industry. With a competent workforce both offshore and ashore, the firm is contributing significantly to the growth of the Nigerian maritime industry while constantly exceeding her clients expectations without compromising safety, reliability and integrity in all her operations.