Six Robert Allan-designed Advanced Rotortugs ART 85-32W for Perth-based Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) will be driven by Schottel Rudderpropellers. The order is about the delivery of 18 SRP 430 FP (1765 kW each). The vessels will be built by Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam.
FMG cited Schottel's strong presence in Western Australia and Port Hedland for more than 10 years as a benefit for contracting the thrusters.
Rotortugs were chosen for their outstanding maneuverability and capabilities. Their ability to control their own position during the most difficult maeuvers makes this system the most versatile around. The third thruster secures enhanced safety for the operator with the unique options to work over bow or stern with the same ease and the possibility to always work bow first.
The vessels will be built in Vietnam by Damen Song Cam Shipyard. Thruster delivery is scheduled in autumn 2017 with an estimated delivery date of the tugs in 2017/2018.