Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Extra towing capacity arrived on the Clyde during the day in the shape of this tug, SVITZER MUSSELWICK, to assist in the move of the two remaining Maersk Line ships from Loch Striven. This tug, an enlarged version of the 'M' class tugs of which SVITZER MILFORD is an early example, was built in China at the Qingdao Qianin Shipyard and delivered to Svitzer late in 2008. Together with two sisters, she made her own way from the Far East via Cape Town, choosing a route to avoid any potential piracy problems in the Gulf of Aden but which resulted in them suffering badly while on passage. Designed to handle LNG tankers at Milford Haven, she had to put in to a shipyard at Vigo in Spain to have voyage repairs and modifications made before she could enter service. SVITZER MUSSELWICK has a bollard pull of 80 tonnes, and is 33.4 metres in length. She has a gross tonnage of 490 tons. Like the other tugs assigned to LNG tanker work at Milford, she has a red top to her funnel.