Past and PresentPort of Dover

MV Dextrous – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8316039

Mv HT Cutlass

ex Dextrous, Cobham

© Ted Ingham

Dextrous Р© Ted Ingham

Voith Water Tractor tug unit built in 1984 for Dover Harbour Board by McTay Marine Ltd, of Bromborough (Yard No. 53).

Technical Data

  • 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 (52)


Dextrous –

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

Dextrous Р© Mike Sartin

October 12th 1984 (week of): Officially named in the tug haven at Dover western docks.

Dover Ferry Photos Archive

© Brian Fisher © Brian Fisher  

Dextrous Р© Brian Fisher

© Mike Jackson © Ken Larwood © Mike Sartin © Mike Sartin © Mike Sartin © Mike Sartin

Dextrous Р© 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

Cobham Р© Capt Jan Melchers


Cobham – Photoship

© Ken Larwood Photoship

Cobham Р© Ken Larwood

June 8th 2001: To Adsteam Towage.

© John Jones © John Jones  

Cobham Р© John Jones (both)

© Capt Jan Melchers

Cobham Р© 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

HT Cutlass Р© Ashley Hunn


HT Cutlass – 🆕 Dave Calvert (All)

2007: Registered Owner; Svitzer Towage Ltd, Hull

© Howard Pulling © Howard Pulling  

HT Cutlass Р© Howard Pulling

2008: In service. Registered Manager; Svitzer Marine Ltd, Middlesbrough.

© Patrick Hill © Patrick Hill

HT Cutlass Р© Patrick Hill

 © Simonwp

HT Cutlass Р© Simonwp (Hull 16/07/2008)

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 © Chris Jones © Chris Jones © Chris Jones © Chris Jones © Chris Jones © Chris Jones

HHL Venice Р© Chris Jones (Channel Images)

July 25th 2013: Sailed to Venezuela.

August 2013: Transferred to Venezuela, under the auspices of Svitzer Americas.

© Yevgeniy B © Yevgeniy B © Yevgeniy B

HT Cutlass –¬† ¬© Yevgeniy B (Shipspotting)(Puerto Cabello,¬†Venezuela February/March 2015¬†


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. We would like to thank:  Dave Calvert, Brian Fisher, Ted Ingham, John Jones, Capt Jan Melchers, Patrick Hill, Ashley Hunn, Ken Larwood, Howard Pulling, Simonwp and Yevgeniy B (Shipspotting) for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks to Chris Jones (Channel Images)

 Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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