Todays note is about the tug Smit Barracuda wich I saw in Liverpool on 25 July 2013.
In 2004 Smit International undertook an extensive tug new building program ordering 18 new tugs for various Smit divisions. An order was placed with the IHC Holland Delta Shipyard for three of these vessel of which Smit Barracuda is one. She was built to the yards Delta 2500 design, her sister ships were christened Bison and Bronco.
She has a shallow draft hull and is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3508BTA main engines with a power output of 2000bhp (1492kW) driving a nozzled Wärtsilä Lips-FP-2000mm diameter propeller. Hydraulically driven Veth Jet bowthruster with an output of 150kW are also provided. The vessel can achieve a speed of 10kts and a bollard pull of 27.5t.
The work deck at the stern has a free area of 60m2, is covered with timber and has a cargo rail. The double drum anchor handling and towing winch is located here, the winch has a towing force of 50t and a holding power of 70t. The towing drum carries 700m of towing wire whilst the drum for anchor handling carries 200m of towing wire.
On starboard side of the towing winch is the DD-Marine crane which has a SWL of 21t at 5.1m reach and 9.25t at 12.19m reach. On starboard side behind the cargo rail the emergency exits for the engine room and the rudder gear room are located.
Below the main deck is located the accommodation for a maximum of six persons. The laundry and the showers are located on the starboard side and on port side is a store, on the same level further aft is the main engine room. The main superstructure houses a large mess room and the galley with access to these rooms being via the locker room.
Despite having two main engines the Delta tugs have only one exhaust funnel at the starboard end of the deck house.
On each side of the bridge deck are a life raft and life bouy, on the portside a ladder goes aft to the work deck.
The wheelhouse has two parallel consoles to operate the vessel and its associated equipment, at the rear of the wheelhouse is a small galley.
On the top deck is located the radar equipment which is manufactured by Alphatron. At the front of the top deck the ships horn and a searchlight are fitted, a second searchlight is also located here but is directed aft.
MMSI - 246070000
REG - NL, Rotterdam
IMO - 9345506
Call Sign - PHFW
Built - IHC Delta, Sliedrecht, NL
Yard No. - 11017
L 25m W 10m
Year - 2006
Liverpool, 25 July 2013