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INDIAN REGISTER CLASSES JAPANESE-BUILT TUGS FOR INDIAN PORTS

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has commended Kanagawa Dockyard, Kobe, Japan on the successful delivery of tug, ‘Dolphin No 29’, fourth in a series of 13 tugs, built for Adani Group.

The tug will be engaged in mooring and towing work for berthing and un-berthing at the Adani Vizhinjam Port and on the coast of India. The previous three vessels in the series, Dolphin Nos 26, 27 & 28 were also built under classification of IRClass.

The 55t bp tug is equipped with diesel propulsion engines totalling 4,400ps and Z-drive propellers, to provide 360-degrees manoeuvrability and allow rapid changes in thrust direction and tug direction. Measuring 34.5m in length, Dolphin No 29 is equipped with an external firefighting system complying with IRClass class notation Agni 1, which enables a total output of 2,400m3/h equipping the tug with early stage firefighting capability.

Sanjay M Kewalramani, O & M Head - Adani Harbour, said: "Over the years IRClass has been our partner in procurement of vessels and provided professional services, unhindered and timely delivery of fourth tug, despite Covid-19 situation, is a testimonial of the same".

H V Ramesh, VP and Head of Shipbuilding Project Management, IRClass, said: "IRClass is proud to continue its association with Kanagawa Dockyard Co Ltd and Adani Group, in the construction and procurement of tugs. With our dedicated team of surveyors, the delivery of the fourth tug, in spite of prevailing conditions, was unhampered and smooth. We are delighted to be part of the project and look forward to future partnerships."

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