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Cork based Irish Mainport Holdings held a naming ceremony at a shipyard in Turkey from where their tug Celtic Treaty is to join the fleet of one of their subsidiaries.

Also at the ceremony according to Robban.Assafina was Med Marine which marked the occasion of the naming of the MED-A2885 RAstar 2800 series. The tugboat, as Afloat previously reported, is a design from Canadian naval architects, Robert Allan Ltd in Vancouver.

Celtic Treaty is to join the fleet of Celtic Tugs Ltd based in Foynes on the Shannon Estuary which Afloat adds operates two tugs the Celtic Fergus and Celtic Rebel.

The ceremony which took place on 25th April in Eregli Shipyard is where VIP guests included top-level executives Irish Mainport Holding’s C.E.O. Mr. David Ronayne and Med Marine’s C.E.O. Mr. Hakan Şen.

Senior representatives from Turkey where Erdemir’s Harbour Master, Mr. Bülent Taşdemir, Chairman of Eregli Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Aslan Keleş as well as Chairman of the Chamber of Maritime Mr. Oğuz Ünlüer.

Celtic Treaty has a 50+ tonnes bollard pull (tbp) and two CAT3512C main engine which is a versatile, multi-purpose, compact and state-of-the-art azimuth stern-drive (ASD) propulsion tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd.

The new tug at 28m in length, features efficient ship-handling, coastal towing, and other general purpose towing capabilities. In addition, RAstar designs have full escort capability.

Celtic Treaty, which has accommodation for up to 8 crew, set sail for the tug's Irish home port on 26th April.

For more on the tug's specifications, click here.

Published in Shipyards

Irish Mainport Holdings has seen the launch in a shipyard in Turkey of its new 50-ton bollard pull (tbp) harbour tugboat built to serve on the Shannon Estuary.  

Cork based Mainport which has towage support services at Shannon-Foynes ports, has been expanding its shiphandling capacities following Med Marine's completion of the 28m tug. 

The newbuild named Celtic Treaty is built to a Robert Allan designed RAstar 2800 series. 

This follows the last tug to join Mainport through subsidiary Celtic Tugs as Afloat reported in 2014 with the acquisition of 24/45 tbp Celtic Fergus. The former Turkish flagged 'Efesan Port’ was also from the same Canadian designer of Robert Allan Ltd. 

The launch of the Celtic Treaty on 8 December took place at the Ereğli Shipyard on Black Sea coast. According to Mainport the tugboat is expected to delivered to the Shannon Estuary in May and join the Celtic Tugs pair based at the Port of Foynes.

Celtic Treaty's introduction will form part of Mainport's fleet modernisation plan as they prepare for larger ships and increased maritime trade in the European Union.

“This newbuild tug will ultimately replace Celtic Rebel on the Shannon Foynes Estuary in Ireland,” said Irish Mainport Holding fleet director Dermot Curtin. “It shows our commitment to our clients and continued satisfaction with the shipyard team in Turkey and Med Marine.”

More from Riviera News on Mainport which has other types of vessels in its fleet. 

Published in Shipyards


Afloat will be focusing on news and developments of shipyards with newbuilds taking shape on either slipways and building halls.

The common practice of shipbuilding using modular construction, requires several yards make specific block sections that are towed to a single designated yard and joined together to complete the ship before been launched or floated out.

In addition, outfitting quays is where internal work on electrical and passenger facilities is installed (or upgraded if the ship is already in service). This work may involve newbuilds towed to another specialist yard, before the newbuild is completed as a new ship or of the same class, designed from the shipyard 'in-house' or from a naval architect consultancy. Shipyards also carry out repair and maintenance, overhaul, refit, survey, and conversion, for example, the addition or removal of cabins within a superstructure. All this requires ships to enter graving /dry-docks or floating drydocks, to enable access to the entire vessel out of the water.

Asides from shipbuilding, marine engineering projects such as offshore installations take place and others have diversified in the construction of offshore renewable projects, from wind-turbines and related tower structures. When ships are decommissioned and need to be disposed of, some yards have recycling facilities to segregate materials, though other vessels are run ashore, i.e. 'beached' and broken up there on site. The scrapped metal can be sold and made into other items.