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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 

Six advanced ART 85-32W Rotortugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd of Canada have been delivered by Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam to Fortescue Metals Group of Perth, Australia.

Each of the tugs - FMG Dusky, FMG Tawny, FMG Spinner, FMG Hammerhead, FMG Blacktip and FMG Mako –  is equipped with three Schottel Rudderpropellers type SRP 430 FP with an input power of 1,765 kW per thruster

According to Fortescue, Schottel’s experience in Rotortug propulsion as well as its strong presence in Western Australia and Port Hedland for more than 10 years were of particular appeal when opting for these azimuth thrusters.

Chosen for their capabilities, the advanced Rotortugs stand out in their ability to control their own position during the most difficult manoeuvres, thus making their system the most versatile around. The third thruster secures enhanced safety for the operator with the unique option to work over bow or stern with the same ease as well as the possibility to always work bow first.

The tugs will enable Fortescue to offer an escort and berthing service at Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland, Western Australia, which is the largest iron ore export port in the world. Fortescue’s new towage licence in Port Hedland will service vessels carrying iron ore to customers across the globe, especially in China.

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