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  1. Hello All, As the title says, "De Smit Rotterdam" will be my newest adventure. For those interested, some history. In January 1974, Smit Internationale decided to build two super tugs, which with their 22.000 IHP at that time became the strongest, operationally operating sea tugs in the world. The order for these two powerhouses went to B.V. Scheepswerf & Machinefabriek 'De Merwede' v h van Vliet & Co., Hardinxveld-Giessendam. The content of these tugboats is 2273 grt., Length a.o. 74.83 m, width 15.78 m and gr. draft 7.60 m. Two Stork Werkspoor TM 410 4 tew 9 cil. diesel engines, each connected to a four-bladed adjustable propeller, delivered a capacity of 13500 apk, the installed capacity is 22.000 IHP. "De Smit Rotterdam" was the first of the two to leave the slope on December 6, 1974, after being baptized by Queen Juliana. In mid-April 1975 the tug came into service with Smit, to be used directly as the leading tugboat for the transport of the drilling and production platform "Beryl-A" of the Condeep type, with a weight of 350,000 tons. 216 miles was towed from Stavanger to the Beryl field of Mobiel Oil, in the English part of the North Sea along with the "North Sea" (11,000 hp) and the Bugsier tugs "Atlantic", "Wotan" (both with a capacity of 12,500 hp) and the "Pacific" (10,000 hp), together about 42,000 hp of towing capacity. In 1986 the tugboat was accommodated at Smit Tak International Ltd., Nassau, and in 1991 the sea tugboats of Smit Internationale and Wijsmuller were merged into the combination 'SmitWijs Towage C.V' and the tugboat sails under the name "Smitwijs Rotterdam". As it often happens to ships, at one point they are discarded by the original owner and they wear their last years for relatively little money and, above all, with little maintenance, in the service of countries that actually sail the boats until they can no longer sail. That also happened with "De Smit Rotterdam". In 2013 the ship came into Panamanian hands. In July 2014 De Smit Rotterdam was demolished. Built: Hardinxveld-Giessendam. Tonnage: 2273 gross register tonnage Length overall: 74,83 m Beam overall: 15,78 m Motor: 22.000 IHP Engine speed:16,5 knots Crew:25 Fire-fighting: 400 tons/hour with 14 to. 10 ton a foam Below the measurements of the model: Model length: 95 cm. Model beam: 20 cm. Model height: 50n cm. Sjors

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