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MV Oceanic (Salvage Tug) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 6901490

MV Oceanic

Ex Orka Sultan, Osman Khan, Oceanic

© Mac Mackay

🆕© Mac Mackay 

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1969 by F Schichau G.m.b.h, Bremerhaven (Yard No 1744) and completed by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven (Yard No 349) as a Tug/Salvage Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 87.68 m (overall) 78.10 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 14.30 m
  • Depth: 7.30 m
  • Draught: 6.31 m (max)
  • Tonnage: 2047 – 2294 gross/138 – 688net/1416t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 16 cylinder KH Deutz RBV16M640 diesel/2 x 4TEW V12 -cylinder Deutz SBV12M640) diesel
  • Power: 10768 kW/14640 bHP – 14720 kW/20000 bHP (Nozzles added)/9420 kW/12806 bHP
  • Bollard Pull: 152.5 – 160 – 179/189t
  • Deck Equipment: 1 x Crane – SWL 3.0 t
  • Speed: 22 – 17 knots
  • Call Sign: DIAL, D5EN6
  • IMO Number: 6901490
  • Official Number (LR 1993 – 94): 11214
  • Port of Registry: Hamburg/Federal Republic of Germany 🇩🇪, Monrovia/Liberia 🇱🇷, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸
  • Near Sister-Ship: Baltic (1745), Arctic (1746)


August 25th 1967: Keel laid.

March 4th 1969: Launched.

June 6th 1969: Completed as OCEANIC for Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungsgesellschaft, Hamburg – Germany

When delivered in 1969, she and her sister ship ARCTIC were the most powerful tugboats in the world

© Wolfgang Fricke

© Wolfgang Fricke (Hamburg, 01/11/1973)

© Chris Howell © Chris Howell

© Chris Howell (Auckland, 26/03/1982)

1985: Re-Engined

September 1989: Laid up at in Bremerhaven.

“(Lay up) One reason for this was the decreasing need for salvage tugs due to technical improvements in shipbuilding and operation, the other was a market change in the offshore business. More and more anchor handling tugs specially built for offshore use were used, so that the market share of the salvage tugs used for this purpose continued to fall.”.

October 1995: Back in service.

April 1st 1996: Chartered by the German Government for the German Coast Guard as salvage tug/ emergency response vessel, stationed in the German Bight.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hoek van Holland, 01/05/1997)

© Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes (Port of Cuxhaven, on 06/09/2006)

2009: Still in service

© Jan Andresen (Courtesy of Erwin Willemse)

© Jan Andresen (Courtesy of Erwin Willemse) (Bremerhaven, 08/07/2010)

2013: Renamed OSMAN KHAN for Karpowership Company.

2015: Renamed ORKA SULTAN for Owner: Karadeniz Powership Osman Bey, Istanbul. Turkey. Manager: ATA Tug & Salvage Inc.. Daire 6, Ece Is Merkezi, Kume Sokak 3, Icerenkoy Mah, Atasehir. 34752 Istanbul. Turkey

2016: Renamed OCEANIC.

© Emmanuel L © Emmanuel L

© Emmanuel L (Valletta, 06/02/2022 & 14/02/2017)

© Emmanuel L

© Emmanuel L (Valletta, 15/01/2022)


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Jan Andresen,  Gerolf Drebes, Emmanuel L, Wolfgang Fricke, Chris Howell, Pieter Inpyn, Mac Mackay and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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