Tug Berths Completed at Soyo, Angola

After an exceptionally short project timeframe of only eight weeks, Angola LNG’s new escort tug berths have now been completed.

Designed by Beckett Rankine for a Dredging International and CTOW joint venture, the 390 metres of berthing space is needed for the new temporary Marine Operations Base at Kwanda near Soyo at the mouth of the Congo River. Dredging International and CTOW procured and constructed the floating berths for Angola LNG.

The berths have been designed to accommodate five of Svitzer’s large escort tugs which have 1,000t displacement and 85t bollard pull, together with up to eight other smaller support craft. The berths are fully serviced with power, water and sewage connections. Due to the urgent need for the berths three large pontoons were sourced and modified in Europe and Nigeria to suit their new role. The pontoons were towed to site loaded with the access bridges and other ancillary equipment so that only the piling, installation and commissioning had to be done on site.