General: The ITC Meltemi is a Shoalbuster type 2609. This special ship was developed by DAMEN Shipyard.
This kind of shallow draught ship is helpful for a lot different jobs like towing, pushing, anchor handling etc.
Two Caterpillar engines with 1100bhp each provide the power for the FP-propeller in Optima-nozzles. The propllers have a diameter of 1800mm.
The ITC Meltemi has a bollard pull of 33.3t and reaches a speed of 11.6kts. The tank capacities are 126,5m3 fuel oil, 30,3m3 fresh water, 1,7m3 lubrication oil and
1,7m3 hydralic oil. The vessel has hydraulically driven bowthruster with 200bhp output.
Below the main deck there are ( from stern to bow ) the compartements for the
rudder engine and the tow pins of the type WK Hydraulics - Triple Pin Type - with 60tons swl, the main engine room with the two
Caterpillar 3508B TA/C and two gensets type Caterpillar C-4.4 TA. In front of the main engine room there are several tanks for freshwater and
The workdeck is partial covered with wood to protect the steel deck. At the bulwark at
starbord side are the emergency hatches of the engine- and rudderengine room. Just behind the deckshouse the hydraulically driven
towing winch AHW-H-400 manufactured by Ridderinkhof is fitted. Both drums have a pulling force of 40t at 3m/min and 5,5t at
17,5m/min. The brake holding force is 50t. The port side drum carries 600m wire with a diameter of 36mm, the starbord drum carries 300m steel wire
with a diameter of 36mm. At the basement of the towing winch the Mampaey towing hook DCX 30/45 is fitted. Beside the winch
on port side is the Brevini tuggerwinch with a pulling force of 8t at 4.5m/min. The drum is albe to carry a max. of 75m steel wire with a
diameter of 18mm. The towing fairlead and the crane basement are connected and thus form an assembly. The crane is a HLRM 140-4SL made by
Heila and fully remote controlled. The capacity is 5.3t at 18.03m. The rear end of the stern forms a stern roller with 50t swl.
Also on this decks level you will find the accomodation for up to 7 persons, the sanitary facilities and the combined galley/ mess.
It is raised approx. half a deck above the workdeck. On this deck the
hydraulically driven anchorwinch is fitted. The Pool TW-anchor are of the type HHP and each has a weight of 225kg. On the forecastle deck
is an access hatch to the bow thruster compartment.
Bridge deck/ wheelhouse:
The main control console is of a U-shape. Between both legs is a sliding seat.
In the control consoles are the monitors for the electronic seacharts of Radio Zeeland and the radar FAR-2117 ARPA.
Furthermore the control elements of the autopilot Zeeland Seapilot 75, speed, rudder, the navigational lights
and the displays for the echolot Furuno FE-700 and the helm are fitted. Below the ceiling are two further consoles with displays for the main
engines, VHF and gyro compass. At the rear wall of the Wheelhouse a huge window gives a good view to the working deck, the crane and the
towing winch. A console carries a second pair of lever for the main engines and the winch.
At starbord side is a L-shaped seating accomodation and all computers for the electronical systems of the ship are fitted in the cupboards at the
front end of the bridge.
At the front end of the topdeck two radoms for the Sat-Com system are fitted. Between this radoms is
the magnetic compass Cassens & Plath. At starbord is a Pesch searchlight ( Seematz ) with 1000W directed fore. A second searchlight is at the
rear end of the deck next to the ac-unit directed aft. On both side a life raft of the type Viking 8DK ( 8 persons ) is fitted.
Below the foldable mast with all the antennas and navigational lights are three boxes with accus for the VHF equipment.