Saturday, 6 November 2010


The Polish tug CYKLOP was seen arriving from Gdansk with the latest craft to join the Serco fleet in tow. CYKLOP dates from 1966, when she was built in Sweden. Now owned by the Port of Szczecin, she is 28.5 metres long, and has a gross tonnage of 186 tons. Bollard pull is 22 tonnes.

Behind CYKLOP was the new water barge SD WATERPRESS, built by Damen at their Kozle yard in Poland and one of the last of their new fleet ordered as part of the contract to provide port services for the MoD. SD WATERPRESS is a dumb barge, unpowered, not unlike the oil barge SD OILMAN delivered earlier to Greenock, and will ultimately take the place of SD WATERMAN. The 29 metre long barge can carry 272 tonnes of potable water, and is equipped with its own generator sets to power onboard systems and pumps.