One 75tbp tug launched and three to come ahead of operational phase of the Chevron-operated Gorgon project.

The first Svitzer tug destined to service Australia’s largest resources project at Barrow Island in remote North Western Australia was lowered into the water earlier in the year in line with the project plan. Svitzer EURO was hoisted off scaffolding at ASL Shipyard in Singapore in March for final fit out and will be followed by three sister vessels over the next few months. 

The four highly manoeuvrable 33m x 13m Diesel-Electric Hybrid tugs will operate with non-hydraulic deck equipment, low-reflection paint, double wall fuel tanks, solar panel water heating and on-board water recycling. When work is finished on the tugs, they will sail to Henderson south of the West Australian capital of Perth for preparation work, Offshore Vessel Inspection Database and quarantine procedures as well as the official naming ceremony.

All four tugs will be named after fauna native to Barrow Island’s Class A Nature reserve and surrounding Marine Park. Svitzer EURO will be named for a wallaby-like resident of Barrow Island; Svitzer PERENTIE for Australia’s largest monitor lizard; Svitzer BOODIE for a small Barrow Island marsupial; and Svitzer DUGONG for a sea grass-munching mammal known as the cow of the sea. Hart Marine in the southern Australian state of Victoria is building the project’s pilot boat for delivery later this year. Called Svitzer OSPREY, it will be named after Barrow Island’s bird of prey.

Svitzer’s LNG management structure, led by General Manager Alistair Fraser, is now functioning from our Fremantle base and consists of an Operations Manager, HSE Manager and Marine & Technical Manager. “Our planning continues to pick up pace and our Environmental Review and Management Plan and training plan are in development,” says Fraser.

After invitations were issued for expressions of interest from prospective crew for the Barrow Island tugs, Svitzer received an overwhelming response from a large pool of highly experienced Aussie mariners. “We’ve fielded more than 600 applications and are in the process of working through them,” says Emma Sewell, HR/IR Business Partner for Western Australia and Northern Territory. Crews are expected to be hired in the second half of 2014.

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