The "Panama XIV", "Star Ruby" and "Lewek Kea" standing by for port clearance in Hong Kong, and then set sail for...........
Feb 28, 2008
In February 2008 Cheoy Lee completed major projects for three repeat customers. The “Panama XIV”, “Star Ruby” and “Lewek Kea” cleared Hong Kong port formalities and set sail for far away ports, from Panama to Singapore and beyond.
The Robert Allen designed Z-Tech tugs developed in conjunction with Port of Singapore Authority (PSA Marine) has found wide acceptance. While Cheoy Lee is the single largest builder, versions of these Z-Tech tugs are now bring built in Cleveland, Ohio, Seattle and the Gulf Coast for a diverse group of operators including the US Navy. This is one of the most successful escort tug designs now in production.
The “Panama XIV” is the fifth of eight identical Lloyds Classed tugs being built for the Panama Canal Authority. It is now on a 10,000 nautical mile delivery voyage to Panama with a single fuel stop in Hawaii. These Panama Canal tugs are powered with twin Wartsila engines each producing 2,448 HP driving LIPS azimuthing propellers.
The “Lewek Kea” is 48 meters (158 feet) long, 13 meters (42’ 8”) wide and draws 5.2 meters (17 feet) of water built to Lloyds Class +A1 Tug, Firefighting Ship 1 +LMC UMS for Unrestricted Service. It is powered with a pair of Bergen engines each developing 3,670 HP. The bollard pull is 100 tonnes. It is a sistership to the “Lewek Kestrel” that went into service recently.
The “Star Ruby” is a Z-Tech 6000 tug built to Lloyds Class powered with two Caterpillar 3516 engines each developing 2,500HP driving Schottel azimuth rudder propellers.