Chinese shipbuilder Yuexin Ocean Engineering Ltd has delivered three tugboats to South-East Asia Crude Oil Pipeline Company Ltd, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), for its Shwe Gas project in Myanmar.
Tugboats (tugs) are powerful boats used for towing larger vessels, especially in harbour.
The firm said it delivered, for the first time to CNPC, three multi-function ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) tugs – SEAOP3, SEAOP4 and SEAOP5.
The three tugboats will be operated in Myanmar west coast, serving the China-Myanmar Crude Oil Pipeline Project, which is seen as a crucial step towards ensuring China’s energy security as the pipeline allows China to bypass the narrow Malacca Strait with heavy US Navy presence.
SEAOP3 and SEAOP4 are measured 37 metre in length overall with a breadth of 10.6m, a depth of 4.8m and a designed draught of 3.5m, and the vessels can carry 90 cubic metres (cbm) of fuel oil and 40 cbm of fresh water. The vessels can accommodate up to 12 personnel.
SEAOP5 is measured 38m in length overall with a breadth of 10.6m, a depth of 4.8m and a designed draught of 3.5m. It can carry 90 cbm of fuel oil, 40 cbm of fresh water and can accommodate up to 10 personnel.