With the construction of a large and powerful Infield Support Vessel ART 100-46, towage provider KT Maritime is continuing to expand its fleet and activities in the Australasian region.
The ART 100-46, a customised RotorTug measuring 46m in length with a bollard pull of 100 tonnes, will be employed to assist with offshore operations in the Australasian region. At 46 metres, it is even larger than the three ART 100-42 ISVs that KTM launched earlier this year.
The newbuild of this latest addition to the fleet was ceremonially initiated with a traditional steel cutting ceremony at Damen Shipyards at Sharjah, UAE. The vessel was commissioned by KT Maritime after being awarded a contract with Conoco Phillips to support their offshore operations in the Timor Sea.
Whilst the ISV is being built, Infield Support Vessel RT Beagle Bay is being deployed as ‘front runner’, carrying out all offshore support activities until the new vessel is ready to take over.
The Beagle Bay will then continue on to carry out towage operations for the Prelude, for which the vessel has been designed.