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Aquarious

Tug Aquarious photographed in the Dover Straits 12th August 2010. Steaming slowly down channel - destination Valetta, Malta.

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No tug, the vessel was built for the Dutch Government as a North Sea survey vessel. When obsolete, sold off into the offshore industry as a guardship / chaseboat and survey vessel. The aft deck was used to carry the bigger survey gear like core samplers, water monitoring systems, etc. Vessel when built had no bow thruster but was fitted with a Pleuger active rudder, i.e. a small prop in the rudder. She operated out of Hoek van Holland for many years. She had a round bilge hull formed especially to reduce acoustic noise. Consequently a heavy roller and therefore fitted with a passive stabilisation system which unfortunately sometimes went against her causing extra list or unexpected jerks. It was said that before you got hired for the North Sea survey fleet you were kindly invited to join her for a week. Only those who walked ashore after that got a ticket.
Regards - Job (TugDoc)
 

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Thanks Job, for the interesting information. I'll get the picture moved to the Special Purpose Vessels section.
When I took the photo, I was on a 'light run' on the coastal excusion ship Balmoral - well known for her 'easy roller' motion!

Cheers Pete
 

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