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New tug at Sullom Voe

The Multratug 30 (left) alongside the Shalder on Friday morning. Photo: John Bateson

THE SULLOM Voe tug Shalder is set to be sold to Greek buyers soon after nearly 35 years of service in Shetland.

The replacement Multratug 30 arrived at Sullom Voe on Friday morning after making her way up the east coast of the UK.

The tug is a sister vessel to the Multratug 29, which Shetland Islands Council (SIC) bought last year for £7.6 million following a six-month lease.

The Multratug 30 will also be leased initially, with an option for the council to purchase the vessel in the future.

Familiarisation and training will take place with a view of the tug starting service in April.

The Multratugs, which entered service in 2015, have an overall length of almost 33 metres, a top speed of 14 knots and bollard pull of 80 tonnes.

SIC harbour board committee chairwoman Andrea Manson said the Multratug 29 was an “effective workhorse” which impressed Sella Ness crews when it was on lease.

“It’s a logical decision to replace another older vessel with an identical tug, and which will allow us to continue safe and successful activities in future,” she said.

“We’re committed to extend and sustain the operation of the port of Sullom Voe as a major hub for the UK oil and gas industry into the long term.”

The SIC has four tugs at Sullom Voe, with the Tystie and Dunter completing the line-up.

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