Wednesday 21st Nov, 2018

New tug on the block


A NEW tugboat has rumbled into Port of Newcastle to be commissioned for work in August.

Svitzer Australia’s Glenrock is 32 metres in length, has a 12-metre beam, and has a maximum bollard pull of 85-tonnes. It was designed by Damen and built in Vietnam.

Svitzer Newcastle port manager Ben Hart said Glenrock’s modern specifications give it superior capability with attaching lines to ships, so the tug has been committed to Svitzer’s AMSA obligation for emergencies outside the heads.

“If a ship outside the harbour loses power or steerage, we’ll use Glenrock to go to its aid and tow it into the harbour,” he said.


Photo: Svitzer
Photo: Svitzer


Mr Hart said Glenrock is a special boat which will be tasked with specific duties alongside the seven other Svitzer tugs at Newcastle

Because of its render and recovery forward winch, which can adjust to load-on and load-off changes, it will be used for active-escort of large petroleum tankers into the port.

Svitzer employees were responsible for the new tug’s name, which came from a wilderness precinct of the same name just south of Newcastle.


Photo: Svitzer
Photo: Svitzer


Mr Hart said everyone was happy with Glenrock’s naming, and it was important to the employees that it had a name of local significance.

“The company gave the employees a chance to choose the tug’s name, and they chose Glenrock,” he said.

“It’s a well-known recreation reserve in Newcastle, so it’s fitting.”

While the tug is currently flying the St Vincent flag, it is to be re-flagged in Australia this week.

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