The first Raptor class 200T BP Anchor Handling Tug, Terasea Falcon, has recently been delivered to Terasea Pte Ltd. The powerful vessel was launched from the Universal Shipbuilding’s Keihin yard on 18 October 2012 and delivered at the end of February 2013. Immediately after her christening, she sailed to Dalian, China to tow an oversized Floating Dock measuring 430m by 84m to Goseong, Korea.

After the floating dock was delivered, she was readied again for her next tow job, which involved moving a massive 720-man accommodation barge from Huludao, China. Three additional sister vessels, Terasea Hawk, Eagle and Osprey, this year. These specialised long-distance towing and anchor-handling tugs have been designed and built to the highest specification of any AHT and are likely to become the new standard in the offshore towage market. Terasea plans to use the vessels to offer long-distance towage and positioning services.

The Raptor class vessels are powered by two Wärtsilä main engines with a total output of 16,300bhp, two main generators, two shaft generators and an emergency generator. They have a 200-tonne bollard pull, are FIFI 1 and DP1 ready, and are fully compliant with SOLAS and IMO regulations. Accommodation comprises 14 single berth cabins and five two-berth cabins.

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