Tug ‘En Avant 9’ put into service by Muller Dordrecht – Netherlands

by Hans | August 1st, 2015

Early April 2015 towage and transport company Muller Dordrecht acquired the former Belgian harbour tug ENSOR until then serving the port of Ostend, operated by towage company U.R.S., Unie van Redding- en Sleepdienst NV / Union de Remorquage et de Sauvetage NV.
The tug (stantug 2207) was built as ENSOR in the millennium year 2000 by BV Shipyard Damen, Gorinchem (yard No. 6539) for Oostendse Sleepvaartmaatschappij NV, Port of registry Ostend, Belgium.
Following the acquisition the tug was directed to shipyard Gebr. Kooijman, Zwijndrecht for some necessary repairs and a number of alterations, making the tug suitable for work off shore too. At the same time the tug’s registration switched from Belgian to Dutch flag.
After leaving the Kooijman shipyard at 20th July 2015 the tug entered service as ‘EN AVANT 9’ without any further ceremonies.

The tug has a length of 22,5 m., a width of 7,2 m. and a depth of 3,7 m. Gross tonnage 134 tons, deadweight 180 tons. The tug will mainly work as harbour & escort tug in the ports of Dordrecht, Moerdijk and other surrounding ports.

Main engines consisting of 2 x Caterpillar 3508B-TA, V 4 stroke 8 cy, 170 x 190 each – 1177 kW (1600 bhp), produce a bollard pull of 30 tons. Speed 11,7 knots. 
(Press release & photo TOP-Nico Giltay)

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