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MV DHB Doughty – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9190468

MV DHB Doughty

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD 3110) tractor tug (‘Z’ drive) unit built in March 2000 by Damen, Gorinchem (Yard no 7944), Holland, for Dover Harbour Board.

Technical Data

  • 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)
  • Capacity: 35.7 – 55.8 tonnes
  • Call sign: MZGA8
  • MMSI Number: 232004783
  • IMO Number: 9190468
  • Registry: Dover/United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • Sister Vessel: DHB Dauntless (7943)

Current AIS Location

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2000: Casco built by PO SevMash Predpriyatiye at Severodvinsk (RUS).

2000: Completed by Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem

March 2000: Delivered to Barclays Mercantile Business Finance Ltd, manager DHB – Dover Harbour Board at Dover

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

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.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow  

DHB Doughty dressed overall for the maiden arrival of Maersk Dunkerque and Maersk Dover. © Ray Goodfellow

© Stéphane Poulain © Stéphane Poulain  

DHB Doughty returning to port after assisting the Norwegian Dreams departure from Dover. © Stéphane Poulain
© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow
© Ray Goodfellow

© Dover Strait Shipping 

© Dover Strait Shipping

February 28th 2023: Sailed to Lowestoft for maintenance. Relieved by WULF 7

May 25th 2023: Left Lowestoft (not known if under own power).

May 26th 2023: Arrived Hull.

June 30th 2023: Returned to Dover.

© Paul Jolliffe (Dover Strait Shipping)

🆕© Paul Jolliffe (Dover Strait Shipping)

© Craig Nelson © Craig Nelson © Craig Nelson © Craig Nelson © Craig Nelson

🆕© Craig Nelson (Arriving Dover and greeted by her sister “It’s been a long time!”)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Dover Strait Shipping Craig Nelson, and Stéphane Poulain for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

One Comment

  1. We saw this vessel on South today at 6pm Tuesday,and showed interest as our name I’d Doughty.

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