On 27 February, at MTG-Dolphin Shipyard a name-giving ceremony was held to mark MTG-Dolphin’s successfully delivering a newly-built oil product transportation tanker to Rubis Eastern Caribbean. The tanker, to sail the seas as Bahama Blue, adds to the fleet of vessels of one of the major players in the distribution of high quality petroleum products in the Caribbean. This is the second tanker in a row that is being delivered by MTG-Dolphin to its owner in only three months’ time, after in November of 2017 the Shipyard rolled out a highly-automated bunkering vessel, operated by an Italian company. The new tanker is designed and constructed to satisfy all the applicable rules of RINA and the Maltese flag state, and measures 64m overall with a beam of 12m and a maximum draft of 3.6m. Bahama Blue has been assigned unrestricted navigation notation and operates at the highest degree of automation. The propulsion is diesel-electric, powering two L-drive 360’ azimuthing units and a bow thruster that guarantee the tanker’s exceptional maneuverability and the capability to navigate even in the most challenging ports in the Caribbean. Bahama Blue is fitted a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and DPF filters. This has allowed the ship to receive a Green+ additional class notation – a marker for the tanker’s covering the highest environmental protection standards. During the ceremony representatives of Rubis Caribbean commented that the company was extremely satisfied with the quality of the ship and with the cooperation with MTG-Dolphin and revealed plans to order additional vessels from the Yard.
Like the previous two tugs in the series, it was built to the Robert Allan Ltd RAmparts 2700 design. “CASTOR” is in line with the rules and regulations of Bureau Veritas and will sail under a Bulgarian flag. The tug’s sister ships were delivered to the ship owner in June 2017 and June 2018, respectively.
“CASTOR” is 27.6 m long and 10 m wide. Its draft is 3.95 m. The ship is powered by two Caterpillar engines of 1800 hp, with two rotating Azipod Drives. The tug is fitted with an aft towing winch. Bollard pull is 40 tonnes.
Having an unrestricted navigation class notation, “CASTOR” can perform both port and sea towage, also in hard conditions.
Cutting of the first steel plate for the new project took place at MTG Dolphin on 10th of May 2018.
The ship is the fourth azimuth stern drive tugboat in construction for Navigation Maritime Bulgare plc. under the supervision of Bureau Veritas and will sail under Bulgarian flag.
The ship must be delivered to the Client in the first quarter of 2019.
Cutting of the first steel plate for the new project took place at MTG Dolphin on 26th of January 2018.
The ship is the third azimuth stern drive tugboat in construction for Navigation Maritime Bulgare plc. under the supervision of Bureau Veritas and will sail under Bulgarian flag.