MV HT Scimitar
ex Shorne, Deft
Roy Thornton Collection
Voith Water Tractor tug unit built in 1984 for Dover Harbour Board by McTay Marine Ltd, of Bromborough (Yard No. 52)
- Original cost: £1.5m
- Length: 30.10m (overall), 27.67m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 9.22m (extreme), 9.01m (moulded)
- Depth: 2.653m
- Draught: 3.231m
- Tonnage: 287 gross, 86 net, 115 deadweight
- Engines: Two GEC Ruston 6 RKCM diesel engines, each developing 1400 bhp and driving size 26G11/165 Voith-Schneider propellers.
- Power: 2674bhp/1967kW
- Bollard pull: ahead 32 metric tonnes
Bollard pull: astern N/A metric tonnes. Winch Fwd: K & L Marine towing winch fitted with 1 drum
Deck equipment: K & L Marine Ltd towing winch fitted with 1 drum. 100m x 48mm HMPE Steelite + 3 x 20m x 48mm Steelite HMPE pennants. 8 x instantaneous handlines 2.1/2″ connections: 15 x 60′ hoses
- Speed: 10 knots (service), 12 knots (max)
- Bollard Pull: 29 tonnes
- Call Sign: GDRQ, YYV5056
- IMO Number: 8316027
- Official Number: 702608
- Port of Registry: Dover, London, Venezuela
- Sister Vessels: MV Dextrous
April 17th 1984: Launched by McTay Marine Ltd at Bromborough. The fender system was designed for the particular requirement of berthing the various types of cross-Channel ferry at Dover.
June 1984: Delivered to Dover Harbour Board at Dover.
October 12th 1984 (week of): Officially named in the tug haven at Dover western docks.
Dover Ferry Photos Archive
© Ted Ingham, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Mike Sartin (as noted)
May 30th 2000: Sold to Howard Smith Towage Ltd at London, renamed SHORNE
Internet Source (left) © Capt Jan Melchers (right)
August 6th 2001: To Adsteam Towage
January 28th 2002: Transferred to Adsteam UK Gravesend at Gravesend
© John Jones (left) © Robert J Smith (right)
2006: Transferred to Humber Tugs Ltd., Hull, renamed HT SCIMITAR.
At MMS Ship Repairs, Hull had both propulsion units completely removed and overhauled with the rotary casings fully shot blasted prior to machining.
2007: Registered Owner; Svitzer Towage Ltd, Hull
© Howard Pulling
© Patrick Hill
2008: Remains in service. Registered Manager; Svitzer Marine Ltd, Middlesbrough
June 2013: “Both tugs have now been sold to Zulia Towing of Maracaibo, Venezuela & will cross the Atlantic aboard a heavy-lift ship.”
July 23rd 2013: At Avonmouth, loaded onto Heavy Lift Ship HHL VENICE
© Chris Jones (Channel Images)
July 25th 2013: Sailed to Venezuela.
August 2013: Transferred to Venezuela, under the auspices of Svitzer Americas
© Capt Ted (Puerto Cabello, Venezuela)
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. We would like to thank: Patrick Hill, Ted Ingham, John Jones, Capt Jan Melchers, Howard Pulling, Mike Sartin, Robert J Smith, Capt Ted and John White for their assistance in producing this feature.
Special thanks go to Chris Jones (Channel Images).