Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Cortland secures tug towline contract

ENGINEERED rope specialists Cortland Australia says they have secured a contract to supply ASL Shipyards in Singapore with specialist towlines.

The Plasma 12×12 towlines are for the BHP Billiton Towage Services fleet of six new RAstar85 ASD escort tugs that ASL is building in Singapore and are to operate out of Port Hedland.

The high-molecular-weight polyethylene Plasma (HMPE) ropes are expected to be the largest used on-board escort tugs in Australia.

Each tug is expected to be fitted with high performance Plasma 12×12 packages manufactured by Cortland.

Cortland has also been awarded the cyclone mooring lines package, with installation and fabrication of mooring lines on-site in Port Hedland when the tug fleet arrives.

Cortland Australia sales leader Mike Fitzpatrick, said the business was proud to provide technical advice and supply high-quality ropes in a place as important as Port Hedland.

“Our packages of HMPE ropes, equipment and on-site support will complement the state-of-the-art tugs built by ASL Shipyards and we are extremely excited to be involved with this project,” he said.

“The port has high vessel traffic and compact harbour channels, making speed and accuracy crucial.” As well as manufacturing custom mooring lines, Cortland has engineering capabilities to do mooring line analysis which is said to become crucial when working in cyclone-affected regions.

The six vessels under construction are designed by Robert Allan Ltd, specialists in naval architecture and marine engineering.

Cortland is wholly owned by Actuant Corporation, a diversified industrial compan headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

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