In September 2016 Kotug Smit Towage was
awarded the towage of a ship-section from the Shipyard Neptun Werft, Rostock to
Papenburg on River Ems, North Sea. The ship hull, which will become part of a
new-build cruise ship, is 101 m long, 39,8 m wide, had a depth of 8.8m and a
draft of abt. 2.6 m.
To perform a safe towage operation,
an experienced team of operators, consisting of pilots, tug masters and local authorities,
planned the roadmap meticulous. Nautitec, a high-tech Simulation Center,
located at Leer in Germany, simulated the transport in order to make the risks
and obstacles measureable and transparent.
September 25th 2016, the Rotortugs RT Innovation and RT
Pioneer started the towage operation of Casco ‘Neptunwerft – hull’ at the
Neptunwerft in Rostock, sailed to Kiel and went through the narrow spaces of
the Kiel locks, then passed the ‘Kiel Kanal’
and faced the narrow spaces of the Brunsbüttel locks. The transport continued
her journey on the River Elbe to Cuxhaven, passed German Bight and sailed on the
River Ems towards Emden. At Emden a tug change took place, where 3 smaller tugs
took over and towed the transport to Meyer Werft in Papenburg. “Hull 0712” was delivered in good
conditions to Meyer Werft Papenburg, on 2nd October 2016.
Through the excellent knowledge
of the tow master and a job well done by highly maneuverable tugs and its dedicated
crew, this towage operation could be safely performed. This special towage project
is a perfect example of a great cooperation between experienced teams within
the maritime industry.