Monday, 11 May 2015 10:39

BARNEY on trials

The BARNEY on the Rotterdam Waterway on April 23th 2015 (photo Ruud Zegwaard)| The BARNEY on the Rotterdam Waterway on April 23th 2015 (photo Ruud Zegwaard)|

Herman Sr BV and Damen signed the contract in January 2014 for the construction of this new tug, known as 'BARNEY', for which initially a Damen 2713 Shoalbuster design was chosen.
The tug with a bollard pull of 30t, draught of just 1.8m, large accommodation for up to 12 persons and four-point mooring system, is suited for diving operations.
In Gdansk, Safe Engineering was selected to build the hull and the final outfitting carried out at Damen's yard at Hardinxveld.
It was decided to increase Barney's length by 3m to ensure bollard pull and draught figures could be met. The hull was cut and a new mid-body section inserted between the steering gear room and accommodation.
Barney is now a Damen Shoalbuster 3013, built to BV classification I HULL, Tug Unrestricted navigation, anchor-handling notation. It also meets requirements Dutch Shipping Inspection continuous service. Basic functions of the tug are towing, anchor-handling, dredge support, windfarm support, oil and gas support, supplying, survey, vibrocoring, diving support, 4-point mooring and pull pontoon.
Barney was outfitted with five Caterpillar engines. The vessel being provided with triple screw propulsion. Main power is from three Caterpillar C18 ACERT diesels providing a total output of 1,599bkW (2,145bhp) at 1,800 rpm. Reintjes WAF 364L/5.435:1 gearboxes drive three Promarin fixed pitch propellers turning in 1,600mm nozzles. Steering is provided by three fishtail rudders and manoeuvrability enhanced with a 250bhp bow thruster.
The vessel's auxiliary equipment includes two Caterpillar C-4.4 TA 107 kVA, 50hz, 230/400V generator sets. The centre main engine has two clutches, one for the propeller shaft, the other connected to the hydraulic pump.
Barney features a comprehensive deck machinery outfit including triple-drum DMT winch aft, the anchor-handling drum holding 350m of 36mm wire and two towing drums each containing 650m of 36mm wire. All three are rated at 50t pull and 75t brake holding power. Two HS Marine deck cranes are included, an AK 20 LE1 model located on the bow (2.06t at 7.28m) and for the aft deck, a larger AKC 185 HE4 version (6.44t at 17.07m).
Wednesday 22nd April the Damen Shipyard Hardinxveld yard number 571709 new building Shoalbuster 3013 BARNEY was seen underway to the Europoort for her technical trails and bollard pull test. The tug will be christened and handed over on Thursday 30th April. She has a length of 30.02 m a beam of 13.46 m a depth at half length of 3.20 m and a min draft of 1.80 m.
About 5th April was seen the BARNEY (Imo 9740938) for Tug and Workboat Company Herman SR, Dordrecht (Netherlands) transported by the tugs Vechtstroom and Merwestroom from van Wijngaarden Marine Services BV, Sliedrecht (Netherlands).