The newly formed towing company Barry Towage and Offshore AS got the first tugboat from the shipyard Rosetti Marino in Ravenna in the year 2003. Worldwise Marine did the design work and the construction of the vessel went to Iatly. The finished tugboat has been delivered to Funchal/Madeira, homeport of the Braveheart.

-   Design and construction

The hull lines were made for exellent escort efficiency. Under the bulbous bow there is a additional skeg fitted to improve the escort performance up to 50%. Further aft there is a second skeg to enhance the course stability. The Braveheart has a length of 39,4m and a beam moulded of 13m. The draft is less than 5,75m in spite of the two skegs. The tugboat is powered by two Wärtsilä 9L26s-diesel each with 2790kW. Each engines turns a stern-mounted Rolls-Royce US 305 z-drive. The CP (controllable pitch) propellers have diameter of 3m. This gives the Braveheart a speed of 14,3kts and a bollard pull of 103,3tonnes. There is a bowthruster with a total thrust of 6,5tons from Rolls-Royce. This bowthruster is directly driven by a 450kW Volvo Penta diesel engine.
The FiFi-system consists of two 1200m3/h FiFi-monitors and a self drenching system. The doubledrum towing winch was manufactured by Hatlapa. This winch carries on each drum 1000m towing wire with a diameter of 56mm and develop a towing force of 95tons and a brake load of 220tons. The bowwinch - also made by Hatlapa - has a towing load of 125tons and a break load of 220tons. In front of the bowwinch there is one fairlead in the deck and one fairlead under the bow fender system. Both fairleads are connected by a stainless steel pipe. These fairlead will be in use for escort towing to keep the towing point as low as possible.

Further equipment:
stern roller 4,5m x 1,5m
two tugger winches
Effer-crane 80000-3SL
voluminous tank capacities
Karmoy pins and forks

In the attachment you will find a collection of detail photos of the Braveheart. All photos are taken by Antonio and Volker. Please notice the copyright.

For photos in higher resolution please click the thumbnails!
- -
bow view superstructure
stern roller working boat
model of the Braveheart model of the Braveheart
tugger winch bridge from starbord
escort-fairlead in the deck escort-fairlead under the bow fender system
sideview of the mast life raft
deckhouse working boat
towing staple view to bow
- -