Mumbai Port commissions harbour tug
PM News Bureau
Union Cabinet Minister for Shipping Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu has commissioned Mumbai Port Trust's new harbour tug, Ajit, at Indira Dock, Mumbai. Tug Ajit is a highly manoeuvrable 32-tonne bollard pull capacity diesel tractor type of tug with a service speed of 12 nautical miles per hour. It is been constructed for MbPT by Tebma Shipyards, Chennai. The tug is 32.5-metre long and 9.60-metre in breadth with 4.5-metre depth. With steerable rudder propulsion system, the tug is powered by two Wartsila imported marine diesel engines developing 1,120 kV at 1000 rpm. It has a gross tonnage of 316 and net tonnage of 95.
Tug Ajit is the first of the two tugs procured by MbPT at a cost of Rs 25 crore. The second Tug, Ajinkya, is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai by the end of February 2006 after undergoing extensive tests.
As a part of its replacement programme, the port trust is planning to procure two dock tugs of 12.5-tonne bollard pull capacity, at a cost of Rs 20 crore.
[30 January 2006]