Alongside each other for one last time! Tuesday morning Ron Damman received a call from an employee of the harbor office: 'Are you busy?' 'Yes I'm quite busy, why?'. They told me they wanted a picture of all the tugboats alongside each other for one last time while it still could. Of course this was something I really wanted to do, so I went there just after noon. The first new tugboat, NOORDZEE, was on its way to Den Helder and the two oldest tugboats, LINGE and REGGE, are about to leave the Port of Den Helder.
Above at the photo you see, from left to right, de REGGE, ROTTE, HUNZE, LINGE en GOUWE (the 'A' boats) next to those you can see the BREEZAND and the MALZWIN. The BALGZAND is still at the naval shipyard for maintenance. After some 'research' Ron can tell you that the four 'A' boats will leave for England via Damen Trading. The LINGE, REGGE, ROTTE and the HUNZE are sold to MTS Towage in Brixham and Falmouth. The only "old" tug that will stay in service off the Royal Dutch Navy in the Port of Den Helder is the tug GOUWE.
Photo / text : Ron Damman www.newdeep.nl © China\r\n
Photo II: Wim Vrolijk\r\n
Technical specifications LINGE class:\r\n
(Dutch Navy Linge class) (sisterships: LINGE, HUNZE, REGGE, ROTTE)
380 GRT, L27,45m, B8,30m, Dr2,70m, Dp3,80m
2 scr +nozzle, 2x diesel 4t 8cyl Stork-Werkspoor type DRO-218K, 1600bhp-1177kW total, sp 12kn, bp 21t
A 874 LINGE
1986 -15/11: Casco launched by "Scheepswerf Bijlsma" at Wartena (NLD) (YN 638) (keel laid 12/06/1986)
1987: completed by "Delta Shipyard" at Sliedrecht (NLD) (YN 812)
1987 -20/02: delivered to the Dutch Royal Marine at Den Helder (NLD) (white wheelhouse roof)
(NLD flag, c/s PAIU)
2004: still in service
source: The Tugslist / Piet van Damme