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New mooring launch for Australian coal terminal

Wed 06 Dec 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

New mooring launch for Australian coal terminal
Eimeo was built to withstand the choppy sea conditions encountered at the Dalrymple Bay terminal

One of the world’s largest coal terminals in Australia is about to add a new mooring launch to assist bulk carriers at the ship loading facility.

Half-Tide Marine is adding Eimeo to its operations at the Dalrymple Bay coal terminal, south of Mackay in Queensland, Australia. This vessel will be used for picking up and delivering heavy ship’s hawsers at a ship loading facility that is 3 km from the coast. This is suitable for up to four 200,000 dwt bulk carriers that are loaded with coal for export markets worldwide.

Eimeo was built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards in Hong Kong and designed as a RAscal 1600 mooring launch by Robert Allan. It has the outward appearance of a harbour tug, however, it is a launch with lighter construction and slimmer, more streamlined hull.

Cheoy Lee constructed Eimeo to Lloyd’s rules, and outfitted the launch to Australian regulatory standards. The 12.6 m vessel is powered by a single Caterpillar C18 engine rated 447 kW driving a 1 m diameter four-bladed propeller in a steering nozzle. It has a beam of 6 m and depth of 2.7 m and top speed of 10.2 knots.

Robert Allan designed Eimeo to withstand the choppy sea conditions encountered at the Dalrymple Bay terminal. It has ample freeboard, regulation height bulwarks all around, and oversized bilge keels to reduce rolling. A protective pipe cage is fitted over the house to prevent the ship’s mooring lines snagging on the house.

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