This special tug was built in 2009 at the former Peene dockyard in Wolgast. It has been chartered out to the German Federal Ministry of Transport for an initial period of 10 years for emergency towing work off the German North Sea coast. The German government’s own emergency towing capacities have thus been decisively strengthened. With over 200 tons of bollard pull and a speed of more than 19.5 knots, the Nordic belongs to the top class of these special ships. It is the first emergency tug in the world to be approved for use in hazardous atmospheres, operating independently of outside air. This can also help damaged ships in which toxic or explosive substances escape.
The crew of 16 includes a four-strong boarding team. In addition, up to 10 ship’s mechanic trainees with a training officer can be taken on board. The Nordic’s home port is Cuxhaven. Every three weeks the two regular crews take turns there and take provisions, fuel etc. on board for the next three-weeks of readiness at sea.
The Baltic was built at the Spanish Astilleros Armon dockyard in Vigo and was chartered out to the German government in 2010 for an initial period of 10 years. With well over 120 tonnes of bollard pull and a speed of more than 16.5 knots she is the strongest emergency tugboat stationed in the German Baltic Sea.
The crew of 8 consists of a captain, 1 nautical officer, 2 technical officers, 2 ship’s mechanics and 2 sailors. The Baltic’s home harbour is Warnemünde. The crew is changed every 14 days. Provisions and fuel are taken on board as required.
The keel for this salvage tug was laid in 1999 at the Spanish shipyard of Astilleros Zamakona S.A. In 2001 it was taken over by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Küstenschutz coastal protection group. The FAIRPLAY-25 is equipped with various special equipment as specified by the client. These include, for example, daylight radar, DGPS (differential global positioning system), electronic nautical charts, VHF radio direction finders, VHF radiotelephones, InMarSat telephones, etc.
The crew of 6 consists of a captain, 1 nautical officer, 2 technical officers and 2 ship’s mechanics. The FAIRPLAY-25’s home harbour is Sassnitz. The crew is changed every 14 days. Provisions and fuel are taken on board as required.