Cheoy Lee Shipyards has completed harbour and escort tugs for several international clients over the past three months including Tanzania.
The Hong Kong-headquartered shipbuilder delivered tugs to owners in Africa, New Zealand and the Pacific, while passing a key production milestone on tugs for a domestic owner.
Its latest completions are two 492-gt tugs destined to assist tankers in an export terminal in east Africa. Cheoy Lee’s Hin Lee shipyard in Zhuhai, China built Chongoleani and Tanga Mpya to Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) RAmparts 3200-CL.
Both 32-m tugboats, part of a four-vessel construction order Cheoy Lee is implementing for the Tanzanian Port Authority (TPA), are being sailed by Redwise from China to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania enroute to Tanga where they will assist ships at an oil export port.
According to automatic identification system (AIS) data, both tugs, each with a beam of 12 m, had a stopover at Vung Tau, Vietnam 30 June for fuel and supplies before their voyage across the Indian Ocean.
In the port of Chongoleani, a new tanker terminal has been constructed as the terminus of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. This 1,445-km pipeline transports crude oil from Hoima in Uganda to Chongoleani in Tanga region.