MV HT Cutlass
ex Dextrous, Cobham
© Ted Ingham
Voith Water Tractor tug unit built in 1984 for Dover Harbour Board by McTay Marine Ltd, of Bromborough (Yard No. 53).
- Original cost: £1.5m
- Length: 30.10m (overall), 27.67m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 9.22m (extreme), 9.01m (moulded)
- Depth: 3.81m
- 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)
- Call Sign: MDKC3, YYV5057
- IMO Number: 8316039 Official Number: 702607
- Registry: Dover/UK, London/UK, Venezuela
- Sister Vessel: Deft
April 17th 1984: Launched. The fender system was designed for the particular requirement of berthing the various types of cross-Channel ferry at Dover.
July 1984: Delivered to DHB – Dover Harbour Board at Dover.
© Mike Sartin
October 12th 1984 (week of): Officially named in the tug haven at Dover western docks.
Dover Ferry Photos Archive
© Brian Fisher
© Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood & Mike Sartin (as noted)
May 30th 2000: Sold to Howard Smith Towage Ltd at London and renamed COBHAM
© Capt Jan Melchers
June 8th 2001: To Adsteam Towage.
© John Jones (both)
© Capt Jan Melchers
January 28th 2002: Transferred to Adsteam UK Gravesend
April 2007: Owners Svitzer UK Ltd.
May 2007: Transferred to Humber Tugs Ltd, Hull, renamed HT CUTLASS.
© Ashley Hunn
2007: Registered Owner; Svitzer Towage Ltd, Hull
© Howard Pulling
2008: Remains in service. Registered Manager; Svitzer Marine Ltd, Middlesbrough.
© Patrick Hill
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.
Puerto Cabello, Venezuela February/March 2015 © Yevgeniy B (Shipspotting)
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. We would like to thank: Yevgeniy B, Ted Ingham, Capt Jan Melchers, Howard Pulling, John Jones, Brian Fisher, Patrick Hill, Yevgeniy B (Shipspotting) and Ashley Hunn for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks goes to Chris Jones (Channel Images)