Middle East

Two new pilot boats and three tugs for Khalifa Port

Abu Dhabi: ADPC Marine Services, part of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), is adding two new pilot boats and three new pull tugs to its fleet at Khalifa Port.

The first heavy-duty fast pilot boat, Al-Safeer-2, has just been delivered from Singapore; the second is expected to be delivered in June 2015.

“These ultra-modern pilot boats will enhance our fleet and pilotage services for vessels calling at our ports. The new boats have been built to withstand heavy seas. They are high in power and thus both very quick and durable,” says Hamad Al Maghrabi, general manager of ADPC Marine Services.

The 15-metre-long aluminium pilot boats are fitted with heavy twin 490-horse-power engines and twin pitch propellers. They have a maximum speed of 25 knots (46.3 km per hour).

Two new 85-tonne bollard pull tugs and one 30-tonne pull tug will join ADPC Marine Services’ fleet next year, increasing the tug fleet to nine vessels of various capacities. [5/11/14]

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