Cheoy Lee Shipyard has secured multiple tug construction contracts in recent months to boost its orderbook. Overall, the yard reports a healthy orderbook, with contracts to supply several companies based in Asia as well as global players. Cheoy Lee is also building tugs for its own stock, to cut delivery times for prospective buyers.
Last year, Cheoy Lee delivered eight azimuth stern drive (ASD) type tugs and two Rotortugs, for customers worldwide. Seven of the ASDs were 32 m long RAmparts 3200CL tugs, with bollard pulls of either 60 or 70 tonnes. Two of these, CMM Chapulin and CMM Cordobes, were delivered to Boluda for deployment in Mexico. Ocean Sparkle received Ocean Leader and Ocean Legacy, which have been acquired to serve an LNG facility in India.
Kotug Seabulk Maritime took delivery of SD Junkanoo and SD Calypso and 85-tonne bollard pull Rotortugs RT Blackbeard and RT Raptor to operate a contract in the Bahamas. Cheoy Lee also built Lotus Star for Polestar Maritime for deployment on India’s west coast. A further 87 tonnes bollard pull RAstar 3200 tug, the Singapore flagged Svitzer Dhaka, was delivered to Svitzer Asia.
Cheoy Lee sales director Jonathon Cannon said demand for harbour and escort tugs was “reasonable at the moment” but the yard was “still building some stock units to make up our full capacity.”
Across the Asia region, he said, “We find that requirements vary a lot, but there is a trend for customers to require smaller but more powerful tugs.” Because of this, “While our existing product line is fairly comprehensive, we are developing a smaller general purpose line boat and harbour tug that we will build to have as available stock,” he explained.
Cheoy Lee has centred tug production at its Hin Lee facility in the Pearl River Delta, although it still has its headquarters and a smaller shipyard facility in Hong Kong. The 11.3 ha Hin Lee site is divided into specific areas for fibreglass, aluminium and steel construction. The yard also builds a range of other vessel types, including passenger vessels, harbour workboats and windfarm support vessels.