ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands – Smit Lamnalco has launched the SL Gabon, the first tugboat under the new, combined identity.
Built by Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, SL Gabon is also the first of two newbuilds contracted for a five year period by Total Gabon to provide support in the offshore oilfields and to assist tanker operations at the onshore terminal of Cap Lopez, at Port Gentil, Gabon. The second tug, SL Libreville, is due for delivery next month.
The newbuilds are Stan Tug 4200-type tugs, rugged twin-screw vessels with 68 metric tonnes (75 tons) bollard pull. Accommodating a crew of 16 and fully air-conditioned, the vessels can be used for towing, pushing, push-pull, berthing, anchor handling, hydrographical survey, line handling, firefighting, salvage, diving support, and pollution control operations in all waters.