The first of four state-of-the-art ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels, ‘ALP Striker’, was recently launched at Japan’s Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.
'ALP Striker' (right) next to one of her sister vessels.
Based on the ULSTEIN SX157 design, ALP Striker is the first vessel of its kind, and a natural part of the ALP Future Class.
The ocean-going tugs of the SX157 design are primarily designed for long-distance towing of large structures, such as oil rigs or FPSOs. These work boats are expected to deliver in the range of 300 t bollard pull. They measure 88.9 m in length and 21 m in the beam, and have a deadweight of approximately 4,250 t. The ships can perform non-stop Trans-Atlantic/Indian, Pacific Ocean towing operations without fuel calls.
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