Xiang Zhou Shipyard, Zhuhai China
Located in the southern part of China's Guangdong province, Zhuhai is a coastal city at the mouth of the Pearl River, an hour by fast ferry from Hong Kong in the east and bordering on Macao in the south. Established in 1980, it is one of the earliest Special Economic Zones in China with an area of 7,650 square kilometres and a population of 1.23 million. The Xiang Zhou Shipyard is a good sized yard located there and doing both repair and new construction in their floating drydocks and on their marine railways. In early June, they had four 42-metre pair-trawlers (two sets) under construction for a Hong Kong customer.
This popular style of boat is remarkable in that each one has three main engines and three propellers. The boats building at the Xiang Zhou yard were typical with each boat having a single Cummins KTA38 on the centre line flanked by two KTA19 engines.
Also at the yard were a pair of sister tugs being out fitted for delivery. The 26.8 x 8-metre boats are to be delivered to the Big Fair company which acts a broker as well as a tug operator. Designed and built with heavy bow fendering and bow mounted electric hawser winches and deck capstans they are fully capable of handling harbour duties. Aft controls in the wheelhouse and good all around overhead visibility also point to harbour work, but they also have large capacity electric over hydraulic towing winches. Electrical power will be provided by a pair of Cummins 6B3.9-powered 43 Kw generator sets. Main towing power is derived from a pair of Cummins KTA38 M2 engines each rated for 1200 HP at 1800 RPM. The tugs are fitted with fire monitors capable of a 100 metre column of water and powered from a PTO mounted on one of the main engines.
The two boats will, follow two earlier deliveries, into the owner's Singapore harbour fleet but may well be sold on from there.
For more information contact:
Mr Fred Chen