Svitzer invest in its Newcastle line boat fleet

by Hans | October 26th, 2015

Svitzer’s Newcastle fleet of line boats is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment, with the first of the vessels – Almax – already out of the workshop and back in the water.
Built in Newcastle almost 40 years ago, the Almax received more than just a fresh coat of paint.  Indeed, the program of work also included rust removal as well as modifications to the steelwork, cabin configuration and engine compartment in order to house the new industrial Yanmar drive train.  In short, the vessel’s drive train (mostly original), propulsion system, electrics and steelwork have been modified, replaced or upgraded.
And the before and after photos confirm the scale of the transformation.

Not only does she now look good, but the fit-out with newer, more modern equipment will also greatly improved the Almax’s reliability and reduced future servicing intervals by as much as 80 per cent.
The next vessel scheduled for refurbishment, which takes on average between three and four weeks, will be the Stockton, followed by the Dorrigo, Wickham and finally the Waratah.
The investment we’re making in our Newcastle line boats reflects Svitzer’s commitment to delivering the best possible service to our customers – both now and well into the future.
SVITZER is Australia’s leading provider of safe, reliable towage and other marine services, with a modern fleet of more than 100 vessels operated by highly trained professional crews out of 35 ports and terminals nationwide.

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