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Emergency towage vessel Coral Knight

The Coral Knight is the only emergency towage vessel of its type in Australia.
Coral knight at sea

Coral Knight is an anchor handling tug supply vessel modified to fulfil the role of our dedicated emergency towage vessel (ETV) capability. This is the only ETV of its type in Australia and operates in the particularly sensitive sea areas of the northern Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. The vessel has its home port in Cairns but spends the majority of its time patrolling at sea, available for emergency towage tasking by AMSA should a maritime casualty occur. It is particularly suited to emergency towage with a bollard pull of 82 tonnes. 

Coral Knight is also equipped to respond to other maritime incidents such as search and rescue or limiting the effects of ship-sourced pollution of the sea and carries oil pollution response equipment.

While patrolling in its areas of responsibility the ETV will also be engaged for about 100 days each year in maintaining our aids to navigation network.

ETV services are provided to us by the Brisbane firm Australian Maritime Systems Limited in conjunction with Teekay Shipping (Australia). The vessel is Australian flagged and has an Australian crew.

Specifications

Built and flag

  • Build complete in 2013 by Guangxin Shipbuilding and Heavy Industry in China
  • Australian flagged vessel, Port of Registry - Cairns 

Call sign

  • VNKJ

Type of vessel

Anchor handling tug supply vessel

Class

Lloyds 

Crew

  • Deck officers: 3
  • Engineering officers: 3
  • Integrated ratings: 4
  • Cook: 1 

Dimensions

  • Length overall: 60.5 metres
  • Length BP: 54.3 metres
  • Breadth, moulded: 15.8 metres
  • Design draft: 5.0 metres
  • Net registered tonnage: 583 tonnes
  • Gross tonnage: 1,945 tonnes

Machinery

  • Azimuth thrusters: 2 x Niigata 8L28HX 2353 kilowatts @ 750 RPM, fixed pitch propeller
  • Generators:
    • Main generators: 3 x Caterpillar C18,  440 volt, 3 phase, 60 hertz, 550 kilowatt
    • Emergency generator: 1 x 440 volt, 3 phase, 60 hertz, 88 kilowatt
    • Bow thrusters: 2 x variable pitch 515 kilowatt
  • UMS Certified

Performance

  • Speed: 13.8 knots
  • Fuel consumption:
    • max speed 13.8 knots at 25 tonnes per 24 hours
    • optimal speed 10 knots at 9 tonnes per 24 hours

Towing and anchor handling

  • Bollard pull: 82 tonne
  • Load capacity: 150 tonne line pull
  • Brake capacity: 200 tonne brake holding
  • Towing equipment:
    • 2 x 1,000 metre 56 millimetre steel wire ropes
    • 2 x 40 metre Plasma pennats 
    • 2 x 20 metre Dyneema pennats 
    • 2 x 2 metre v-thane wire rope chafe sleeves 
    • 2 x 88 millimetre akwaflex stretchers 

External fire fighting

  • Survey designation: fire fighting vessel class 1
  • Capacity: 2400 cubic metre/hour
  • Monitors: 2 x monitors
  • Throw length: 160 metres

Capacities

  • Clear deck area: 370 square metre
  • Deck cargo: 350 tonne
  • Deck loading: 7 tonne/square metre
  • Potable water: 300 cubic metre
  • Fuel: 570 cubic metre
  • Liquid mud: 500 cubic metre

Electronics

  • Main radar: Furuno FAR-2117
  • DGPS: Furuno GP150
  • Auxillary radar: Furuno FR-8062
  • ECDIS: Furuno FMD 3200 BB
  • Auto pilot: NAVITRON NT888G
  • Gyro compass: 2 x Simard GC-80
  • Echo sounder: Furuno FE-700
  • Speed log: Furuno DS-60
    • Iridium pilot system (128 kilobits per second connection)
  • VHF: 2 x Furuno FM8900S
  • Communications: MF: Furuno FS2575
  • GMDSS: furuno RC-1800T
  • Aviation Radio: 1 x ICOM A110
  • Inmarsat C: Furuno Felcom 18
  • Voyage data recorder: TOTEM Plus PMC 1.1
  • SART: 2 x McMurdo S4 rescue SART
  • EPIRB: McMurdo SMARTFIND E5
  • VSAT Satellite communications system with FBB backup 

Dynamic positioning

  • Class designation: DPS-1
  • DP system: Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos DP-11

Anti-pollution

  • Dispersant spray system: Boatspray 200DF-TS with AFEDO nozzles
  • Skimmer: 1 x Lamor LWS500 skimmer with Lamor brush adaptor, GTA50 pump & LPP58D power pack
  • Boom: 300m of high sprint 1200 boom

Accommodation

  • Cabins:
    • 6 x single berth cabins
    • 4 x twin berth cabins
    • 7 x quad berth cabins
    • Total berths: 42

Additional equipment

  • Deck Crane: 12 tonne Norcrane knuckle boom 
  • Rescue boat: Norsafe 7.5 m fast rescue craft
  • Workboat: 10 metre landing craft workboat, 2 x 150 horsepower outboards, survey class 2C
  • Buoys: 1 x emergency wreck marker buoy

 

Emergency towage exercise

Rescue helicopter conducts the medical evacuation

Last updated: 

Wednesday 15 July 2020