Sunday, 10 January 2016 12:51

Iskes' HERCULES sold to URAG

De HERCULES van Iskes (foto Willem Koper)| De HERCULES van Iskes (foto Willem Koper)|

It is reported that the 1976 built Dutch registered with call sign PHRS tug HERCULES (Imo 7612620) from Iskes Towing & Salvage B.V. is sold to the Unterweser Reederei GmbH (URAG) at  Bremerhaven (Germany) and will be renamed RONNEBECK. The tug was built by Jadewerft (Wilhelmshaven) GmbH at Wilhelmshaven (Germany) under number 138 and delivered to Primus J.W. Seetrecker GmbH & Co KG and managed by Hapag-Lloyd Transport & Service at Bremerhaven as HERKULES. In 1990 in charter of Alexandra Towing Co Ltd" at Liverpool (GBR), renamed TS HERKULES. In 1993 charter taken over by "Howard Smith Towage Ltd., London. In 1994: Sold to "Howard Smith Towage Ltd" at London (GBR), renamed GLADSTONE. In 2001 to Adsteam (UK) Ltd, Hull, stationed at Southampton. HERKULESIn 2007 taken over by Smit Harbour Towage UK Ltd and managed by Smit Harbour Towage Liverpool at Liverpool and renamed SMIT GLADSTONE. In 2007 sold to Iskes Towing & Salvage BV and managed by Sleepdienst B. Iskes & Zn BV at IJmuiden (Netherlands) and renamed HERCULES. She has a length of 30.76 mtrs, a beam of 8.84 mtrs and a depth of 3.61 mtrs. The two MaK 8M331AK diesel engines develope a total output of 1,766 kW (2,400 bhp) at 750 rpm. The Voith Schneider tug has a free sailing speed of 12 knots and her bollard pull is 30 tons.

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Source: Tugs Towing & Offshore News
(Photo below: The original HERKULES of HAPAG Lloyd, photo BASM archives)