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Island Tug and Barge's new ATB push tug enters service in British Columbia

2018-11-28

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Island Tug and Barge Ltd, (ITB) West Coast's largest bulk transporter of refined petroleum products, informed that its new ATB push tug the Island Raider has entered service on November 22 pushing the double hulled refined petroleum products barge, ITB Resolution.

The Island Raider is the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB push tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. Constructed at ITB's Annacis Island Shipyard on the Fraser River, the Island Raider is connected by an articulating pin system to the ITB Resolution which was retrofitted with pin ladders and stern extensions for connecting to the new tug.

According to Robert Allen who designed the tug, ITB had a well-defined statement of requirements for the tug and a clear vision of the desired layout and accordingly the design was developed in close collaboration with ITB.

Partway through construction, ITB was acquired by Vancouver, Washington, based Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, with completion of the vessel falling under the direction of Tidewater's engineering department.

 

Robert Allan's engineering team supported ITB/Tidewater throughout the design and construction with a detailed and comprehensive design, engineering, and support package.

Main particulars of the tug are length overall: 24.90 m, beam, moulded: 12.50 m, depth, least moulded: 3.65 m and draft: 3.30 m.

Propulsion machinery consists of two Cummins KTA 38 main engines each delivering 634 kW (850 BHP) @ 1800 rpm connected by Centa hollow carbon fibre floating shafts to Rolls Royce US 105 P9 12FP Z-drives with 1.6 m propellers and with integral slipping clutches.

The ATB connection pins are Articouple model FRC 35S designed for 3 m significant wave height. The FRC pin system allows the tug to stay in the notch during all loading/offloading operations by allowing relative vertical movement of the tug and barge while still connected.
Photo showing Island Raider/ ITB Resolution in Burrard Inlet: Carolyn Matt, Island Tug.

 
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