Friday, 18 July 2008


As the Svitzer Clyde tug fleet is currently just two strong - SVITZER MALLAIG and WARRIOR III - to help berthing the tanker NAROVA at Finnart, the tug WILLOWGARTH was brought over from Belfast, and SD-IMPULSE was also used for the manoeuvre. WILLOWGARTH is no stanger to the Clyde, having been used on the river many times before. She was built in 1989 by Richards at Lowestoft, and is 31.6 metres long. The 392 gross ton tug has a bollard pull of 45 tonnes, and is driven by two Ruston main engines driving Niigata azimuthing propellers. WILLOWGARTH was seen through the rain as she passed Cloch Point on her way back to Belfast.