Signet Maritime takes delivery of new tractor tug

16 June 2014 (Last Updated June 16th, 2014 18:30)

Marine transportation and logistics services firm Signet Maritime has taken delivery of its new tractor tug, Signet Arcturus, from Patti Marine Enterprises.

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Marine transportation and logistics services firm Signet Maritime has taken delivery of its new tractor tug, Signet Arcturus, from Patti Marine Enterprises.

Designed by Canada-based Robert Allan, the 105ft by 38ft Z-Drive vessel is the ninth tractor tug in six years for Signet Maritime.

Signet Maritime vice-president Joseph Dahl said that this technologically advanced new-build complements Signet’s offshore towing, rig escort and subsea expansion.

"Bundling the controllable pitch propeller (CPP) tractor technology with the brute strength of Signet Warhorse tugs will provide our customers the best of both worlds in strength and agility," Dahl said.

"The CPP tractor technology with the brute strength of Signet Warhorse tugs will provide our customers the best of both worlds in strength and agility."

Powered by two Caterpillar model C175-16 main engines, the Signet Arcturus is equipped with fire-resistant wheelhouse windows for servicing LNG and drilling platforms.

It also features deck machinery, including a Markey model DEPCF-52S, 75HP electric bow winch and Markey model TESD-34, 100HP electric double-drum towing winch.

Each of the C175-16 engines are rated 3,417BHP at 1,800 RPM and are coupled to two Rolls-Royce US 255 CP azimuth thrusters through carbon fibre shafting, providing thrust for ABS-certified sustained bollard pull of 83.45t.

The Caterpillar mains and John Deere 6068TFM76 generator engines on the vessel are said to be US EPA tier three certified.

Additionally, the vessel is USCG inspected and is certified by ABS International Air Pollution Prevention, International Oil Pollution Prevention and International Energy Efficiency, for environmental compliance.

Signet Maritime operates a fleet of 37 conventional and ASD vessels, and is set to receive Signet Polaris, a second ocean towing tractor tug, later this month from Patti Marine.

The two tugs will provide services to the offshore energy industry and will be based at Signet’s Ocean Towing Division in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.


Image: The Signet Acturus with its 83.45mt bollard pull is designed to support offshore towing. Photo: courtesy of Signet Maritime Corporation.