Monday, October 6, 2008

Ocean going tug

A new 34 meter ocean going tug like this can cost as much as RM10 million

The mast of the tug boat is installed with radars,antennas,horns,lightings etc

Particulars of ship

The wheel house.Philippino Captain and his Officers

Very detailed marine maps are essential onboard every ship,otherwise it will get lost or ran aground.

Documents, records and reports are properly kept daily.The ship's log book records the details of each journey.

Another view of the wheel house. This one with a steel steering wheel.

All ocean going tugs and ships install Navtex (Navigational Telex)which provides direct-printing service for the delivery of navigational and meteorological warnings and forecasts and urgent marine safety information.

It's a floating office where modern office equipment such as computer,printer,scanner,photo copier are all available

All equipment are tightly secured at all time, to prevent them from falling off during stormy weather

The traditional steering wheel made of wood is still popular although many have now been replaced by steel steering wheel or joystick.According to many captains and officers, the wooden steering wheel is still the most practical.

The control panels with a lot of buttons to press and many round-shape meters are all installed within easy reach of the captain and officer and in neat rows.

I love the ocean and the ships that sail in it.When I was a small boy, I would talk about the ocean and the ships with a neighbour around my age for hours a day.After growing up whenever I have a chance to board a ship or just a small boat, I would never fail to grab that opportunity.In the last few years I had several assignments to photograph ocean going or foreign going tugs for their owners.It is always exciting,especially when you need to go off shore or another country to take these photos. In this post I would like to share with readers the navigational ,communication and safety equipment onboard the tug boat.I still cannot identify and know the names of all these equipment. They all look similiar, but actually they are quite different and complicated if you are not an expert such as the captain or officer of the boat.

Anyway, the basic equipment are listed below.

The communication equipment: (1) VHF radio telephone(2) SSB radio telephone (3)VHF walki talki (4) Intercom system (5) Satellite phone

The navigational equipment: (1) Radar system (2) GPS (3)Echo sounder (4)Autopilot system (5)Gyro compass (6)Magnectic compass (7) Speed log (8) Rudder angle indicator (9)Binoculars

The safety and rescue equipment:(1) Life raft (2)Life jacket (3)First aid kit (4)Motorized rescue boat (5)Co2 extinguishing system (6)Fire detection alarm (7)Search light (8)Siren (9)Fire extinguisher (10) Axe (11) Rocket parachute flare (12)Fireman outfit (13) Breathing apparatus (14)Epirds (Emergency position indicating radio beacons) (15)SART ( Search and rescue radar transponder)

Ocean going tugs are expensive to build and maintain. Each can cost more than RM10 million. The engines and the equipment cost is already some 35-40% of the total cost.Special purpose tug boats such as those used in the oil fields can cost several times higher than general purpose tugs.


-eiling- said...

wow you really can remember all those equipments?!! Respect!

mama belian n cengal said...

u want to be " i am phillip the sailor man" kah? (popeye song)
.... he he he

Philip said...

eiling:haha, I also need to compile a report for the owners, so one way or another have to remember those names.But I couldn't remember those names of french wine, food and places as you did so well.

mama: Yeah...sure I want to be a sailor man, but only to sail to some romantic and exotic islands for photograhy!

-eiling- said...

well, everyone has a selective memory where we will only remember the things we want to!

Philip said...

eiling:Correct...just like some of the things we see once, we will remember for life.

sarawakiana said...

This is an interesting posting.

Wow your business must be picking up by the hour!

All the best.

nelson said...

I love boats and ships too. used to take express boats from sarikei to sibu and kuching frequently. Even now i prefer express boats to express buses. Was thinking that why don't we introduce hydrofoils and ekranoplan (russians) kch-johore, singapore route etc. Ekranoplan can really go very fast and crossing south china sea is not a problem as russians were planning to send thousands of soldiers to usa (crossing atlantic) during cold war.
it's cheaper than an aeroplane and can accommodate almost the same number of passengers in A320 of air asia. Why don't sibu ship builders build them including hydrofoils rather than just normal ships? =)

Philip said...

sarawakiana:This kind of assignments do not come every day.It will be interesting if you can do a story on the old wooden motor launch which we called "mang Ton Sung" or the hawker boat.They were doing barter trade in the villages before.I still see a few of them in Sibu and Sarikei.

Philip said...

nelson:Many people prefer using express passenger boats between Sibu-Kuching. It is faster and more comfortable, if it is not over crowded.I think there was a big hydrofoil plying between Sibu and Kuching many years ago.And also a smaller hydrofoil plying between Sibu and Dalat. Both belonged to the same group of people. Two of my friends, Datuk Wong Kie Yik and Peter Lau were involved in these ventures which failed terribly, losing millions of ringgit.The failure was mainly attributed to technical problems and also the presence of a lot of wood debris floating in our rivers.The smaller boat which has only 22 sitting capacity is still lying at Peter's shipyard at Salim Road.The bigger one was sold to Macau.I think it is more pratical to use steel vessels on our rivers. Hope that the government will revive the Ferry Malaysia project once again.