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DHB Dauntless & DHB Doughty

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  • IMO: 9190456
  • MMSI: 232004784
    • IMO: 9190468
    • Name: DHB DOUGHTY
    • MMSI: 232004783
      • Photos of both the port tugs are included on the "Port Vessels" page but I think these two sturdy workhorses deserve a page of their own. So here you are!

    • Both tugs were built in the year 2000 by the PO SevMash Predpriyatiye shipyard in Severodvinsk, Russia. They were completed by Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem in the Netherlands. They have a draught of 4 metres, gross tonnage of 304 tonnes and are capable of a bollard pull of up to 55 tonnes. They each have two main engines which are Wartsila 4tew 6 cylinder 6L26 units giving a total output of some 3600 kW at 1000 rpm. To you and I that gives them a speed of 13.5 knots! Propulsion is delivered by twin Aquamaster Azimuth Stern Drive ASD 3110 Z drive units.

    • They are kept busy around the port assisting cruise and cargo vessels during arrival and departure and during severe weather they are often tasked to berth the frequent ferry arrivals from the continent.

    • Here then, are some images of them in action.

    • Many thanks to the crews for their assistance in producing this page and obligingly posing these impressive craft for the camera!

    • Cheers Guys!


DHB Dauntless rounds the end of the Prince of Wales pier before returning to the Tug Haven.
DHB Doughty follows her fleet mate after berthing another refrigerated cargo ship.
The two sisters prepare to assist a cargo vessel from the berth.
DHB Dauntless manouvres astern of the cruise vessel Aida Mar for an early morning berthing.
DHB Doughty poses for the camera on a Sunday morning, April 2014.
The Skipper demonstrates the incredible manouvering capability of the Doughty (and of course His own skill!)
DHB Dauntless escorts the Saga Ruby. The Aida Aura can be seen entering the Eastern Entrance in the background.
Winch control panel in the Doughty's wheelhouse.
Engine control panel and helm position.
One of the two Wartsila diesel engines on the Doughty.
Winch equipment on the aft deck.
They're pretty impressive up close......!
At rest in the tug haven.
Both tugs assist in the departure of the refrigerated cargo vessel Start First.
DHB Dauntless demonstrates her fire monitor.
DHB Dauntless with Saga Sapphire during a blustery departure in 2012.
DHB Dauntless takes the bow rope during the same departure in 2012.
DHB Doughty attends the arrival of the cruise vessel Azores on the 27th April 2014.
DHB Dauntless punches her way across the harbour during the winter storms in 2013.
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