MV DHB Dauntless
© Nigel Thornton
Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD 3110) tractor tug (‘Z’ drive) unit built in March 2000 by Damen, Gorinchem (Yard no 7943), Holland, for the Dover Harbour Board.
- Length: 30.82m (overall), (28.03 ft)
- Breadth of Hull: 10.20m (9.40 ft)
- Draught: 4m (13.0 ft) (maximum)
- Tonnage: 304 gross, 91 net
- Engines: 2 x 4tew 6cyl Wartsilla 6L26, Propulsion – 2 x Aquamaster Z drive units
- Power: 2500 – 3600 bkW (3353 – 4828 bhp), Total Output – 3,600 kW at 1,000rpm
- Speed: 12.0 – 13.5 knots (max)
- Bollard Pull: 35.7 – 55.8 tonnes
- Call sign: MZGC8
- MMSI Number: 232004784
- Official Number: 902897
- IMO Number: 9190456
- Registry: United Kingdom
- Sister Vessels: DHB Doughty
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2000: Casco built by PO SevMash Predpriyatiye at Severodvinsk, Russia, completed by Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem
March 2000: Delivered to Barclays Mercantile Business Finance Ltd, manager DHB – Dover Harbour Board at Dover
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June 1st 2000: Named by Dover Harbour Board members Margaret Llewellyn and Cynthia Alers.
2005: In service. The sisters operate over the bow with their own 80mm towing ropes, usually towing through the vessel’s forward and aft centre leads and both tugs are let go before the vessel passes between the breakwaters, unless the vessel is proceeding stern first.
DHB Dauntless dressed overall rounding the Prince of Wales pier. © Ray Goodfellow
DHB Doughty and DHB Dauntless in the tug haven. © Ray Goodfellow
DHB Dauntless leading her sister across the bay. © Trevor Boston
DHB Dauntless in her element crossing the bay after assisting the Seafrance Rodin. © Ray Goodfellow
DHB Dauntless seen working around the harbour. © Ray Goodfellow
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