In April 2021, Kenya-based shipyard, Southern Engineering Co. Ltd (SECO), launched into the water three (3) pilot boats that were ordered by the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA). This was a very important milestone in the construction of the vessels and a significant step towards their completion.
The vessels have been designed to specification by Western Australia-based award-winning naval architectural firm, Southerly Designs, having a length of 20 meters, depth of 3 meters, and a draft of 1.7 meters. They have been named by the client as RUBANI 1 – Dar es Salaam Port, RUBANI 2 – Tanga Port and RUBANI 3 – Mtwara Port.
Constructed in steel with an aluminum superstructure and classed by Bureau Veritas, the deckhouse includes seating for two (2) crew and is designed for up to twelve (12) passengers. Accommodation for three (3) crew is also provided below the deck. Each of the vessels is powered by two MAN D2862 LE 432 engines, which develop a total output of 1764 kW at 2,100 rpm, coupled with a ZF gearbox, delivering a maximum speed of twenty (20) knots.
Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, construction of the vessels continued with SECO implementing robust measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved in the project. This was a testament of SECO’s sound business continuity planning.
Outfitting activities and the testing of the ship systems will now commence before the vessels undergo sea trials. Delivery of these boats is scheduled for the second quarter of 2021.