-   Bugsier 1

The European Commission declared the wage subsidies illegal in 2002 which were paid by the dutch government for Dutch tugs operating in German harbours. Since then Kotug and the Arge Weser Schleppdienst (owners Bugsier and URAG) have an equal basis for their cost calculation and the German tug owners saw chances for positive development again. The Arge won back towing contracts they had lost to Kotug years before and left Kotug with surplus tugs. So the Arge chartered-in RT INNOVATION from Kotug to satisfy their own needs. Additionally "Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungsgesellschaft mbh & Co. KG" planed to sell their tug HERMES which was stationed in Wilhelmshaven. In connection with this Bugsier, now permanently in Bremerhaven after taking over T&S Transport und Service, ordered a new harbour tug for Bremerhaven:


-   Construction phase

The Bugsier Reederei ordered this new tug at the shipyard K.Damen in Hardinxveld-Giessendam in The Netherlands for delivery in June 2005. This was the first order ever placed by Bugsier in The Netherlands. The tug was built to a design by the shipyard K.Damen. Bugsier Reederei asked for a similar appearance when compared to BUGSIER 19 to 21 designed by shipyard Hitzler Werft in Lauenburg/Elbe. The hull was designed new as Bugsier Reederei changed the propulsion system from Voith-Schneider tractor tugs back to Azimuth (Rolls Royce Aquamaster) tractor tugs after 13 years. After delays during construction the tug sailed to Rotterdam on 18.08.2005 and went into dry dock for last preparations for the yard trials. BUGSIER 1 had to be lightened enroute to Dordrecht by a sheerlegs as the river Merwede is too shallow. The yard trial started on 28.08.2005. The bollard pull test was planed for the next day, but was delayed until 30.08.2005 because of a defective generator set. The contractural required bollard pull of 65t (tonnes) was not achieved. Therefore BUGSIER 1 stayed in Rotterdam for modifications. In September the propeller blades were pressed into a new form and reinstalled, optimized for lower free running speed and higher bollard pull. The tug reached a bollard pull of 58t in the renewed test. BUGSIER 1 was put into service in Bremerhaven in October 2005. Additional modifications are planed when tank tests by Rolls Royce have shown causes and solutions for the problem. The yard hopes for results as the later ordered BUGSIER 2 and 3 might be affected too.

-   Description

General: BUGSIER 1 is a Azimuth tractor tugs with their propulsion units beneath the bow. A protective plate was fitted in front of the propulsion units to shield the units in case of a grounding. A large skeg was placed at the stern to provide better course stability. Both are used as supports in docking. The double chine hull is built with a frame spacing of 600mm and consists of six watertight compartments. The tug is driven by two Deutz-MWM diesel engines type SBV 9 M 628 providing 2,754 brake horsepower (bhp) at 1,000rpm. The engines are coupled to the propulsion units via an integrated slipping clutches and shafts to two Roll Royce Ulstein rudder propellers type US 305 FP with fixed pitch propellers of 2.60m diameter. The Aquamasters are mounted in recesses in the hull to minimize the draught. The tug have a maximum speed of 13kts and a bollard pull of 58t. Usually Aquamaster US 255 are used with an engine output of 2,754bhp. Rolls Royce recommended to use the US 305 because the required ice class requested their greater stability. The US 305 has a larger gear housing on the propeller shaft and allows less water flow und produces less thrust with the same propeller diameter. BUGSIER 2's bollard pull tests produced 63t and 70t + under overload and proofed the US 305's ability to deliver a bollard pull of 65t. So it seems that mainly the hull lines of BUGSIER 1 have to be blamed for not reaching the contractural bollard pull. BUGSIER 1 has a bunker capacity of 185 m3 (140t). She is classified by Germanischer Lloyd as "+ 100 A5 M E1 Tug" for "restricted international service" (maximum 200nm from coast). The owners will use her mainly as a harbour tug as the towing equipment indicates.


A hydraulically driven combined anchor and mooring winch is located on the foredeck. It was provided by Rolls Royce Brattvaag and is of the type 1700/220H. The winch has two chain lifters and two warping heads. The winch handles two 495kg "high holding power" "Pool" type anchors. The anchors are connected to 330m stud link chain of 22mm diameter, which run through chain stoppers. Two guide rollers and bitts complete the foredeck equipment. Behind the winch the deck house is located. It accommodates two single-berth cabins for master and chief engineer, two double-berth cabins for the crew, sanitary spaces, galley, mess room, changing room and stores. All accommodation is air-conditioned. A Rolls Royce Brattvaag towing winch type TW 1700/220H is fitted on the afterdeck/towing deck behind the deck house. The winch has a single split drum and a single warping head. Both drums are equipped for harbour work. One drum carries 150m x 52mm steel wire, the other one 150m x 55mm synthetic rope. The winch has a pulling power of 22t and 170t brake holding load. Additionally fitted is a Mampaey towing hook with a safe working load (swl.) of 65t. Also fitted are a large towing fairlead, a guide roller and bitts.

Boat deck:

It is the roof of the accommodation. The full hight battery as well as air-conditioning and ventilation rooms are located at the aft end. On top is the wheelhouse. Two pilot ladders are located on either side. A rigid inflatable boat with a 25hp outboard motor and its launching crane are fitted between the plant rooms and a breakwater. The boat has a capacity of six persons. Two inflatable liferafts for six persons each are located behind the plant rooms on either side of the deck.

Bridge deck:

It accommodates the wheelhouse. The control consoles are located along the foreward bulkhead and parallel on both sides of the ship's center line. Most of the electronic equipment was supplied by Furuno. It consists among other things of the following components: two radar systems, echo sounder, autopilot, gyro compass, Differential GPS (DGPS), and speedlog. The safety equipment consists of the automatic distress alerting and locating Global Maritime Distress and Safety System to Area 1 standard(GMDSS A1) including Navtex receiver (Navigational Information over Telex), SART (Search And Rescue Transponder), and EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). As communication systems GSM mobile phone (Global System for Mobile communications) and two VHF DSC sets (DSC=Digital Selective Calling, part of GMDSS) are available.

Top deck:

The roof of the wheelhouse carries the mast, two searchlights with 1,000W each, and the magnetic compass.


In harbour service BUGSIER 1 has a crew of three persons. Accomodation is for maximum six persons.

-   Operations

BUGSIER 1 was used as harbour tug exclusivly. She was stationed in Bremerhaven until March 2006 and went to Hamburg in exchange for BUGSIER 20 afterwards. In August 2006 she was back in Bremerhaven and was run with a maximum of 80t fuel oil to limit the draught.

-   Particulars

Length o.a.: 30,65 m
Breadth o.a.: 11,75 m
Depth: 04,05 m
Air draught: 15,50 m
Draught hull/propulsion units: approx. 3,60m/ 6,40m
Volume: 382 gross tons
Engine output: 2x 2,754bhp (2x 2,025kW)
Speed: 13 kts
Bollard pull: 58t

Website Bugsier Reederei,
HSB International July/August 2005,
International Tug & Salvage Nov./Dez. 2005,
Lekko International 156

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Lightered by sheerlegs in shipyard During yard trials
Bugsier 1 auf der Weser Bugsier 1 auf der Weser
In north lock in Bremerhaven Bow view of superstructure
Bow view of superstructure Bow view of superstructure
Starbord view of superstructure stern view of superstructure
Top deck Stern view of mast
Bow view of mast forecastle
Anchor winch Chain stopper
After deck Towing fairlead
Towing winch Towing winch
Towing hook Boat deck
m.o.b. boat m.o.b. boat crane
Central control panels Foreward control panel
RR aquamaster US305 Main engine
Generator set Blue: hydraulik unit, orange: habour gen. set
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