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 SUN ESSEX
 
Photo Ray's Colln.
 
Built 1977 by R. Dunston, (Hessle) Ltd. YN910. FiFi tug. L32.92m. B9.61m. D4.17m. 272grt. 2070bhp V12 4SCSA 254mm x 305mm 12RKCM Ruston diesel engine. 1 x CP prop +  steerable Kort nozzle.  BP 35t. Speed 12 knots. Acquired 1977. Disposed 1999. ON377347. Callsign GXHS.
 
 22-3-1977 Launched. 22-7-1977 Delivered to ATCL. 1-1990 Transferred to ATC Southampton. 1-1-1996  Owners restyled Howard Smith [London] Ltd, based Southampton. 1999 Sold to Arne Nilsen Slepebaten A/S, Frederikstaad, renamed Big. 2002 Sold to  Jens Alfastsen rederiet, Horskens, Denmark, renamed Susanne A. 10-2007 Sold to  Dan Tugs A/S., Frederica, Denmark. 11-2007 Renamed Lucas. 7-2012 Sold to Sovlot BV, Zwijndrecht renamed Sun Essex. (BLZ flag, reg Belize, c/s V3QG5.)
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SUN KENT
 
Photo Rays Colln.
 
 
Photo Svitzer UK
 
Built 1977 by Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd., YN911. FiFi tug. L32.pm. B9.61m. D4.17m. 272grt. 2070bhp V12 4SCSA 254mm x 305mm 12RKCM Ruston Diesel engine. 1 x CP prop + steerable Kort  nozzle. BP 35t. Speed 12 knots. Acquired 1977. Disposed 1999. ON377400. Call sign GXIE.
 
4-4-1977 Launched. 3-9-1977 Completed 7-10-1977 Delivered to ATCL. 19-6-1984 Went aground off Wouldhams Jetty, Grays, whilst assisting refloat tanker Texaco Norge, also aground. Tug refloated on next tide.  1-1-1996 Owners restyled Howard Smith [London] Ltd. 1999 Sold to Rebonave - Reboques e Assistencia Naval Ltda, Setubal. 5-2000 Renamed Montabo. 8-2001 Renamed Montado. 5-2005 Owners acquiredd by Svitzer Wijsmuller. 21-3-2006 Owners Stadt Sjotransport A/S, Svelgen, Norway, renamed Stadt Tug. 11-8-2008 Sold to SG Finans AS, Lysaker, Sweden, (Stadt Sjotransport AS, managers). 4-2012 laid up at Florø. 2-2013 Sold to unknown buyer renamed   Sharon 1 (COK flag, reg Avatiu, c/s E5U2662).
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SUN LONDON
 
Photo Ray's colln.
 
Built 1977 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Hessle. YN H912. FiFi tug. L32.9m. B9.6m. D4.2m. 265grt. 2640bhp V12 4SCSA  254mm x 305mm Ruston 12RKCM diesel engine. CP Prop in steerable Kort nozzle. BP 45t. Speed 12 knots. Acquired 1977. Disposed 2005. ON377447. Call sign GXUW.
 
19-7-1977 Launched. 11-11-1977 Completed. 17-11-1977 Delivered to ATCL.  1-1-1996 Owners restyled Howard Smith (London) Ltd. 2000 Transferred to Howard Smith Towage Ltd. 8-10-2001 Owners restyled Adsteam Towage Ltd, London. 2002 Owners Adsteam UK Felixstowe. 2004 Transferred to Adsteam UK Southampton. 2005 Sold to Felixarc Marine Ltd., Felixstowe. 2006 Sold to Skanes Entreprenad Service, Skurup Sweden. 6-4-2009 Sold to Leopard Shipping Ltd [Jan Stepniewski Ltd managers]., Gydnia. 7-2009 Renamed Serval.
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SUN MERCIA
 
Photo C. Gardner Colln.
 
Built 1990 by McTay Marine Ltd, Bromborough. YN89. FiFi Tug. L31m. B10m. D5.3m. 449grt. 3860bhp 2x6cyl Ruston 6RK270M diesel engines. 2x voith units. BP43t. Speed 12.6 knots. Acquired 1990. ON718767. Callsign MMJY5.
 
12-1989 Keel laid. 7-1990 Delivered to ATCL. 20-8-1990 Arrived Gravesend. 1993 Owners Howard Smith Towage Ltd. 2001 Owners Adsteam UK ltd. 2005 Main engine replacd by MMS Ship Repair and Drydock Co Ltd., Hull. 6-2005 Renamed Adsteam Mercia. 5-2007 Owners Svitzer Marine Ltd. 2-1-2008 Assisted container ship LT Cortesia aground on Varne Bank. 18-8-2008 Renamed Svitzer Mercia following refit on River Tees. 21-5-2009. Towed HMS Cottesmore ex Portsmouth to Falmouth for re-activation. 11-2009 Departed from the Thames to assist the submarine HMS Astute from Barrow. During the trip the tug was called upon to escort the Svitzer Constance in to Portland with engine trouble. After a number of days sheltering the Mercia was told she had been stood down and departed Portland for the Thames only to be reinstated for the job as the replacement tug Lady Susan had been delayed in leaving the Humber. The Mercia resumed her voyage to Barrow encountering strong winds all the way, assisted the submarine out of Barrow with three other Svitzer tugs and escorted the vessel to the Western Isles before being relieved by the Clyde Tug Ayton Cross. The Mercia then ran to Greenock for bunkers before returning South but due to gale force winds in the Irish Sea her departure was delayed and she is working on the Clyde until the weather improves.
 
Photo P Bullimore
 
 
Photo P Bullimore
 
 
 
Photo H. Russell. 
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SUN SURREY


Photo Svitzer UK colln
 
Photo P Sutherland colln.
 
 
In Howard Smith colours. Photo Svitzer UK
 
Built 1992 by Richards Shipbuilders Ltd., Gt. Yarmouth. YN587. L28.36m. B10.5m. D3.5m. 378grt. 113nrt. 3826bhp 2x6cyl Ruston 6RK270M diesel engines + 2 voith units. BP42t Speed 12.5 knots. Acquired 1992. ON721990. Callsign MPJV4.
 
20-3-1992 Delivered to ATCL. 1993 Owners Howard Smith Towage London Ltd. 2001 Owners Adsteam Towage UK Ltd. 2004 Transferred to Adsteam UK, Southampton. 2005 Renamed Adsteam Surrey. 4-2007 owners Svitzer UK Ltd. 1-2008 Renamed Svitzer Surrey.
 
Voith units. Photo P. Sutherland.
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SUN SUSSEX
 
 
Photo Nolly Harvey.
Photo H. Russell
 
Built 1992 by Richards Shipbuilder Ltd., Gt. Yarmouth. YN588. L28.36m. B10.5m. D3.5m. 378grt. 113nrt. 3825bhp 2x6cyl Ruston 6RK270M diesel engines + 2 voith units. BP42t. Speed 12.5 knots. Acquired 1992. ON722109.
 
23-7-1992 Delivered to ATCL, London. 1993 Owners Howard Smith Towage Ltd., London. 2001 Owners Adsteam UK Ltd, London. 4-2007 Owners Svitzer Towing Ltd renamed Svitzer Sussex. 8-9-2010 Following loss of power collided with HMS Daring in Southampton Water.
 
Sun Sussex engine room. Photo N. Harvey.
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SUN SWALE
 
Photo © C Sproet.
 
Photo Ian Boyd colln.
 
Built 1967 by Ziegler Freres, Dunkirk. YN 161. FiFi tug.  L29.01m. B8.01m. D6.3m. 192grt. 1500bhp 8cyl 4SCSA 250mm x 280mm Crepelle 8SN1 diesel engine + voith schneider unit forward. BP 18t. Speed 12.5 knots. Acquired 1981. Disposed 1998. ON398886. Call sign GCCW.
 
4-11-1967 Launched 29-12-1967 Completed. 4-1-1968 Delivered to Soc. de Remorquage et de Sauvetage du Nord, Dunkirk. named Clairvoyant.  1970 Re-engined with identical unit. 9-1981 Acquired by ACTL, renamed Sun Swale. 5-1990 Transferred to ATC ltd., Gibraltar. 1-1-1996 Owners Howard Smith Towage Ltd, Gibraltar. 1998 Sold to T. P. Towage Co. Ltd, Gibraltar. 2007 Still in service.
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SUN THAMES
 
Photo © C. Sproet
 
Photo N. Harvey Colln.
Photo J. Tiley colln.
 
 Photo P Sutherland.
 
Built 1982 by McTay Marine Ltd., Bromborough. YN43. FiFi tug. L31.02m. B9.52m. D3.81m. 369grt. 2640bhp 2x6cyl  4SCSA 254mm x 305mm Ruston 6RKCM diesel engines + 2x Voith Schneider units forward. BP 30t. Speed 13 knots. Acquired 1982. Disposed 2006. ON399124. IMO8104292. Call sign GCLE.
 
  10-3-1982 Launched. 22-4-1982 Completed. 1-5-1982 Delivered to ATCL, London. 1-1-1996 Owners Restyled Howard Smith [London] Ltd.  2000 Transferred to Howard Smith Towage Ltd. 8-10-2001 Owners restyled Adsteam Towage Ltd. 2006 Renamed HT Sword. 2007 Sold to Svitzer Towage Ltd, Felixstowe, (Svitzer Marine Ltd, Middlesbrough, managers). 2009 Owners Humber Tugs Ltd, Hull . 1-2009 Re-named Svitzer Sword. 4-2010 Sold to SC Black Sea Services SRL, Constantza, Romania.
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WATERLOO [1]
 
 
Photo Svitzer UK
 
 
Built 1977 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Hessle. YNH909. FiFi tug. L33.86m. B9.61m. D4.81m. 315grt. 3520bhp 2xv8 Ruston Paxman 8RKCM diesel engines. 1xCP prop + steerable Kort nozzle. BP54t. Speed 13 knots. Acquired 1977. Disposed 1984. ON364450. Call sign GWAV.
 
6-1977 Delivered to ATCL Liverpool. 6-1979 Transferred to ATCL London. 1980 8 month charter to Algeria. 1984 Sold to Iran Government, Bandar Bushar, renamed Ghorban. 2005 Still in service.
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WATERLOO [2]
 
Photo Ray's colln.
 
 Built 1987 by McTay Marine Ltd., Bromborough. YN77. L31.15m. B9.76m. D4.58m. 301grt. 90nrt. 3440bhp 2x6cyl Ruston 6RK270 diesel engines. 2 x screws. BP38t. Speed 12 knots. Acquired 1987. ON704492. Callsign GJJB.
 
1987 Delivered to ATCL, Liverpool. 1-1990 Transferred to ATCL London. 4-1992 Transferred to ATCL Liverpool. 2001 Owners Adsteam UK Ltd, Liverpool. 8-2005 Renamed Adsteam Waterloo. 4-2007 Taken over by Smit International UK Ltd., and renamed Smit Waterloo.
 
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