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Z-Tech 6500 tug

Sep 22, 2010

The first of thirteen Cheoy Lee Z-Tech tugs for the Panama Canal, named Calovebora, was delivered in August 2010. Almost identical in configuration to the eight vessels previously constructed for ACP (the Panama Canal Authority), the latest Panama tugs are powered by larger, GE 12V228, 2965hp, engines. These larger engines increase bollard pull capabilities to 65tonnes, from 60tonnes previously, in both ahead and astern directions.

The GE engines drive two Schottel SRP1515FP azimuth rudder propellers containing 2.6m diameter 5-bladed fixed pitch propellers. The configuration provides a free running speed of 12.5 knots, both ahead and astern. Two Deutz, 112kW diesel generating sets maintain all onboard electrical loads, while the starboard side main engine drives the FFS 1136m3/hr fire pump that supplies the fire monitor mounted on the wheelhouse top.

Two towing winches and the capstan are from MacGregor Plimsoll .

Z-Tech series tugs are typically operated by a captain and crew of eight, although accommodation arrangements vary slightly, depending on operator preferences. Calovebora provides accommodation for a crew of four. A 2-man crew cabin on the lower deck as well a single officer cabin and engineers cabin/office on the main deck, along with the galley and dinette. The wheelhouse above has 360degree visibility through full height glazing all-round.

Cheoy Lee Z-Tech 6500 tugs for Panama are built to Lloyds Register of Shipping class. Calovebora has the class notation LR +100AN Tug, +LMC UMS for service in the Panama Canal and approaches.

Principal Dimensions: 27.40m LOA x 11.50m Beam x 5.83m Draft.