March 2017

Rotortugs for FMG with 18 SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers

Artist impression ART 85-32W; Source of image: Damen Shipyard


Six Robert Allan-designed Advanced Rotortugs ART 85-32W for Perth-based Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) will be driven by SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers. The order is about the delivery of 18 SRP 430 FP (1765 kW each). The vessels will be built by Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam.


Strong presence in Western Australia

Apart from the fact that SCHOTTEL offers a staggering market share and experience in rotortug propulsion, FMG says that the strong presence of SCHOTTEL in Western Australia and Port Hedland for more than 10 years was a particular benefit for contracting the thrusters.


Outstanding manoeuvrability

Advanced rotortugs were chosen for their outstanding manoeuvrability and capabilities. Their ability to control their own position during the most difficult manoeuvers makes this system the most versatile around. The third thruster secures enhanced safety for the operator with the unique options to work over bow or stern with the same ease and the possibility to always work bow first.


FMG has new towage license in Port Hedland

With these tugs FMG offers an exceptional escort and berthing service. They will operate in Port Hedland in Western Australia which is the largest iron ore export port in the world. FMG runs a new towage license in Port Hedland to service vessels carrying the iron ore from central mines to the whole world, especially China and Japan. The license includes the development of new tug pen and service facilities.


The vessels are to be built in Vietnam by Damen Song Cam Shipyard. Thruster delivery is scheduled in autumn 2017 with an estimated delivery date of the tugs in 2017/2018.