Marco Designs N e w Class Of Combination Vessels

The first of a new class of combination vessels, the Marco 108-ft.

(33-m) Special Oil Recovery Tug (SORT 33) was launched at Lien Ho Shipyards in Taiwan.

Designed by Marco for China Petroleum Corp., the vessel reportedly combines the characteristics of a tractor tug with an open ocean oil recovery vessel. The SORT's primary mission is to provide shiphandling assistance at oil terminals, onshore and off.

The SORT also has fire fighting capability with two four-in. monitors delivering up to 3,000 gallons of water per minute to a fully selfsufficient oil recovery system with a sweep width in excess of 60 ft. (18 m) and a recovery rate of up to 2,600 barrels per hour when using the two three-ft.-wide Filterbelts. The tug has recovered oil storage capacity of more than 600 barrels onboard.

As well as the design for the vessel, Marco provided the oil recovery equipment packages for this project and many of the vessel's auxiliary equipment packages (including generators, fire fighting systems, navigation electronics, keel coolers and liquid transfer systems).

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