Silverburn add Ice Class AHTS to the Fleet

Silverburn Shipping

have added to its fleet the

AHTS “Tarpan



After competed successful sea trials near Gelibolou where she was built, the vessel is now trading in the Caspian Sea. The vessel, BV classed Ice 1B, is specifically designed for shallow draft operations in Ice. Our involvement in this project and the subsequent sister “Tur” in Autumn this year follows the philosophy outlined by the groups CEO when he stated at the launch that “These Ice classed tugs are an important step forward in expanding the fleet and with the extensive work we have done on them, it shows further evidence to clients of our commitment to their needs and to meeting the needs of increasingly challenging environments all year round.”

The “Tarpan” has a bollard pull of 50 tons delivered by 3 Cummins KTA50-M2 engines through 3 propellers. With a crew of eight and ten cabins she has accommodation for a total of 18. She has FiFi-1, a 125 ton/meter crane and the afterdeck has 160m2 of space and a double drum winch of 750/450 meters capacity.

ERSAI 400 – Last summer we embarked a particularly interesting job, the tow of the Ersai 400 barge. Under contract to Saipem we were to take this high value unit from Genoa to the Caspian Sea. Although seas were expected to be light in summer nature is not so forgiving and to protect the tow we were forced to shelter around the South-East coast of Italy from heavy seas. Progress was then smooth around the southern coast of Greece and towards Istanbul however at this point and only 3 days from the Volga-Don canals the ocean tug had engine problems close to Edremit. Alternatives were put in standby however the crew quickly overcome the failure and we moved swiftly on to Rostov where the tow would enter the canal. With Saipem on a tight schedule we now had a challenging 13 days to arrive at Kuryk in Kazakhstan. With god organisation a quick transit was made and the barge arrived at destination on time.

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