Two more ASD tugs from Offshore Ship Designers

Peter Barker

Ijmuiden, the Netherlands-based Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has reported delivery of two ASD tugs to owners in Singapore

February MJ reported delivery of the Azistern 2640 tugs Mextug Lerma and Mextug Balsas to Mexican owners. Just a few weeks later two further deliveries to OSD designs have emerged, Posh Husky and Posh Hardy, Azistern 3270 examples for PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH Singapore), described by OSD as ‘the leading Asia-based international offshore support vessel operator'.

Both vessels were built at Paxocean Shipyard in Singapore to Bureau Veritas classification society rules and fly the Singapore flag. With a gross tonnage of 488gt they have a length overall of 31.62m, bollard pull of 72 tonnes and speed 13kn. Accommodation is provided for a crew of ten in six single and two twin-berth cabins.

Michiel Wijsmuller, OSD managing director said: ‘POSH (Singapore) has a young and diverse fleet of over one hundred vessels servicing various sectors of the offshore oil and gas value chain, and we are delighted that it has supplemented its portfolio with the addition of these two new OSD-designed tugs.’

Incorporated in 2006, POSH may be a young company in comparison with other similar global operators but has experienced rapid growth quickly accumulating a fleet of over 100 vessels. In 2007 it acquired PSA Marine’s businesses including SEMCO Pte Ltd and Maritime Pte Ltd. While predominantly involved in the offshore oil and gas industries it also has a busy harbour services division along with joint venture company Pacific Workboats.

In 2013 POSH was granted a public towing license by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore for provision of towage services within the limits of and approaches to Singapore. A fleet of around 30 modern harbour tugs are on the company’s fleet list of which the two mentioned here, Posh Husky and Posh Hardy are the most powerful at 72tbp.

OSD's latest ASD tugs are destined for owners in Singapore (OSD)

OSD's latest ASD tugs are destined for owners in Singapore (OSD)