Friday, 21 May 2010


Furthest travelled of the three tugs helping out at Loch Striven was SVITZER LAURA, which had come round the north of Scotland from the Humber, where she is usually employed. She later joined SVITZER BRUNEL on the tanker movement, as the three Clyde-based tugs were still involved with SEALAND PERFORMANCE. SVITZER LAURA was built in 2001 by Damen and she was originally named LADY LAURA, as a member of the Howard Smith Towage fleet, later being renamed ADSTEAM LAURA when her owners were taken over. She was given the 'SVITZER' prefix in 2007 after Adsteam was acquired by Svitzer. SVITZER LAURA has a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, and had been used together with SVITZER MILFORD on the east side of the raft, made fast to the bow of MAERSK BROOKLYN.