-   Bugsier 2 and 3

The Bugsier Reederei (towing company) had ordered the BUGSIER 1 at shipyard K.Damen in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands, at the end of February 2004. The order for a larger, sea-going tug at the same yard was published mid of November 2004. The order for a second tug of the same, larger type got known in March 2005. The delivery of the tugs was planned for end of 2005 and mid of 2006.


-   Construction phase

These new tugs were to follow the outer appearance of the Hitzler-designs BUGSIER 19 to 21 again to create a corporate identity. K.Damen designed the new tugs. With a greater length, a raised forecastle and Aquamaster rudderpropellers BUGSIER 2 and BUGSIER 3 are complete new designs. While BUGSIER 1 was built completely at K.Damen, the hulls of BUGSIER 2 and BUGSIER 3 were built in Rumania and towed to Hardinxveld-Giessendam via Danube, Main-Danube-canal, Main, and Rhine. The hulls of BUGSIER 2 and BUGSIER 3 arrived at K.Damen end of January 2006 and mid of April 2006 respectively. The still motorless BUGSIER 2 was towed to Damen Shiprepair in Wiltonhaven in Rotterdam and docked on 12. June 2006. Here the rudderpropellers, the protective plate, and the skeg were fitted, and the final coat of paint applied. The yard trial of BUGSIER 2 started on 22. June 2006 and ended on 29. and 30. June 2006 with the sea trials. Bugsier Reederei took over BUGSIER 2 on the evening of 30. June 2006. Nevertheless BUGSIER 2 went back to Damen Shiprepair for last adjustments. She left Rotterdam finally on 7. July 2006 and started work in Hamburg on 8. July 2006. BUGSIER 3 started her yard trials on 28. August 2006. She was handed over to towing company Bugsier on ..........and shall work in Bremerhaven.

-   Description

General: BUGSIER 2 und 3 are 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 tugs are driven by two Deutz-MWM diesel engines type SBV 9 M 628 providing 2,788 brake horsepower (bhp) at 1,000rpm. The engines are coupled to the propulsion units via integrated slipping clutches and shafts to two Rolls 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. BUGSIER 2 and BUGSIER 3 reached a maximum speed of 12kts, a continous bollard pull of 63 metric tonnes (t), and a bollard pull of 67t at 110% engine output. The contractually required 65t were missed again. Usually Aquamaster US 255 are used with an engine output of 2,788bhp. US305 had to be used instead to fulfill the requirements of the classification society related to the required ice class. The US305 has a larger gear housing on the propeller shaft and allows less water flow und produces less thrust with the same propeller diameter compared to the US255. A larger propeller was not allowed because of the draught restictions given by the new owners. It can't be said that the US305 is the reason for the lack of bollard pull. They proofed their abilities when delivering 67t with 110% engine output. The tank capacities are: 185m3 fuel oil, 30m3 drinking water, 50m3 ballast water and 4m3 lube oil. BUGSIER 2 and 3 are built to the rules of Germanischer Lloyd and classified as GL + 100A5 M E1 "Tug" GL + MC E1 AUT. The arrangement of the main deck, the equipment, and accomodation show that the tugs were designed with sea towage in mind. The Navigational lights are equipped in a way that the tugs can drive bow or stern first continually.

Main deck:
Raised forecastle:

The forecastle got adapted to the deep-sea use of the tug by raising the forecastle by approx. 1.50m compared to the remaining main deck. The raise starts approx. 1m behind the front edge of the deckhouse. The forecastle carries an hydraulically driven combined anchor and mooring winch, delivered by the Dutch company Kraaijeveld an has a pull of 10t. The winch has two chain lifters for 24mm diameter stud-link anchor chains, two mooring drums, and two warping heads. The chains are 330m long and fitted to type Pool high-holding-power anchors. In front of the winch two pairs of guide rollers.


The hydraulically driven towing winch has two drums and is of the warerfall type. The winch type KA-8-H-TR/TR was provided by Kraaijeveld too. The winch has a pulling power of 80t at 7m/min and a braking power of 180t. The upper drum carries a steel wire of 800m length and 52mm diameter. The lower drum carries the habour towing gear with 150m steel wire of 52mm diameter, stretcher, and steel wire pennant. A large towing fairlead is placed directly behind the towing winch. At the starbord post the Mampaey towing hook with a safe working load (s.w.l.) of 65t is mounted. A second, much smaller towing fairlead is located approx. 4m further aft. A door is fitted into the stern bulwark in the ship's center line to allow for anchor handling work. Anchors can't be taken on board. To the starbord and port side of the door two hydraulically operated towing pins are located. They are offset approx. 1.50m from the ship's center line. Oelkers & Eicher supplied these pins. The deck is cladded with wood behind the towing winch.

Midship area:

Here the deckhouse is located. The floor has the same elevation as the afterdeck. It houses from bow to stern on the port side: single-berth cabin of the chief, double-berth crew cabin, sanitary space, changing room and store. On the starbord side there are single-berth officer's cabin, double-berth crew cabin, mess room, galley, and CO2 room. The accommodation is completely air conditioned.

Below main deck:

there are six watertight compartments. From bow to stern these are fore peak with water ballast tank, workshop and store, rudderpropeller room, engine room, rope store, and aft peak with ballast tank. The engine room contains besides the main engines two 225kVA generator sets, the 30kVA harbour set, and the Kraaijeveld hydraulic unit. A Kraaijeveld hydraulic storage winch is mounted in the rope store. It carries 800m steel wire of 52mm diameter and has a pulling power of 4t at 20m/min.

Boat deck:

It is the roof of the deckhouse and carries the single-berth cabin for the master, the air conditioning and ventilation room, switch gear room, battery room, and the staircase to the wheelhouse which is located above. The M.O.B.-/workboat is fitted in front of the superstructure, behind a breakwater. It has a 25hp outboard motor. A Palfinger hydraulic crane is mounted at the starbord aft end of the deck. The crane is mounted on a column which carries the loads down to the hull. The crane has a load moment of 13.3tm and a s.w.l. of 0.64t at 12 m reach. At the aft end two inflatable liferafts for ten persons each are mounted in a craddle, one at each side.

Bridge deck:

here the wheelhouse is located. In the front and aft control consoles are located. The navigational equipment consists of the following components: two radar systems, electronic chart system, echo sounder, magnetic compass, satellite compass, autopilot, speedlog, and AIS (Automatic Identification System). The safety equipment consists of the automatic distress alerting and locating GMDSS A2 system (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System to Area 2 standard) including Navtex receiver (Navigational Information over Telex), SART (Search And Rescue Transponder), and EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). As communication systems Inmersat-C, Inmersat-F, two VHF DSC sets (DSC=Digital Selective Calling, part of GMDSS), weatherchart recorder, and one MF/HF radiotelephone transceiver are available.

Top deck:

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


During harbour work BUGSIER 2 and 3 have a crew of three. With three single-berth and two double-berth cabins there is room for seven persons while working offshore. Maximum crew is ten persons as each single-berth cabin is equipped with an additional Pullman bed.

-   Operation

BUGSIER 2 is stationed in Hamburg and used as harbour tug currently. Offshore operations are planned.

-   Particulars

Length o.A.: 32,80m
Length between perpendiculars: 30,00m
Breadth o.A.: 11,75 m
Depth, moulded: 04,24m
Air draught: approx. 16.80 m, 13.80m with folded mast
Draught, Hull: 03,40m
Draught, rudderpropellers: 06,70m
Volume: 430grt
Main engine output: 2x 2.788PSe (2x 2.050kW)
Speed: 12kn
Bollard pull: 63t, 67t bei 110% Motorleistung

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BUGSIER 2: in shipyard BUGSIER 3: in shipyard
Bugsier 3: in shipyard BUGSIER 2: during yard trials
BUGSIER 2: during yard trials BUGSIER 3: during yard trials
BUGSIER 3: during yard trials Bugsier 2: bow view of superstructure
Bugsier 2 and Bugsier 21 showing family resamblance Bugsier 3: doing bollard pull test
Bugsier 3: testing lower winch drum Bugsier 2: at the tug pier in Hamburg-Neumühlen
Bugsier 2: starbord view of superstructure Bugsier 2: forecastle
Bugsier 2: bow view of mast Bugsier 2: port view of superstructure
Bugsier 2: detail of anchor winch Bugsier 2: chain stopper
Bugsier 2: Palfinger hydraulik crane Bugsier 2: towing winch
Bugsier 2: afterdeck Bugsier 2: door in stern bulwark
Bugsier 2: port side of towing winch Bugsier 2: starbord side of towing winch
Bugsier 2: large towing fairlead Bugsier 2: small towing fairlead
Bugsier 2: tugger winch Bugsier 2: towing hook
Bugsier 2: boat deck Bugsier 2: m.o.b.-boat
Bugsier 2: stairs from forecastle Bugsier 2: EPIRB
Bugsier 2: aft controls Bugsier 2: port half of forward controls
Bugsier 2: main engine Bugsier 2: Aquamaster gear box and steering mechanism
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