Saturday, 12 December 2009


This Polish-owned tug, dating from 1977 when she was built as SUN LONDON for use on the Thames, was seen as she sailed from the Great Harbour back to Gdansk. She had been on the Clyde delivering the latest of Serco Denholm’s acquisitions, the dumb barge SD OILMAN, which will be replacing SD OILPRESS as the Clyde’s fuel barge. SERVAL, originally in the Alexandra Towing fleet, was built by Richard Dunston at Hessle and is 275 gross tons. She is 32.9 metres long, and had a quoted bollard pull of 45 tonnes when working in the UK before sale to her present owners.