DHB Doughty en route to Tug Haven, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on January 12, 2011

The Dover Harbour Board tug, DHB Doughty, is decked out in bunting because she and her sister tug, DHB Dauntless, have just finished welcoming MS Spirit of Britain, P&O Ferries new cross-channel super-ferry (49,000 tons), into the Eastern Docks of Dover Harbour.

DHB Doughty is now heading north along the Inner Harbour (ex-Commercial Harbour), formed by the Admiralty Pier in the background and the Prince of Wales Pier, and will pass the old Jetfoil Basin on her way to the Tug Haven in the Tidal Harbour.

This Western Docks photo was taken at 11.42 am on Sunday, 9th of January 2011, from near the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

A Dover Harbour Board webpage giving advice about Dover Port Control to arriving commercial shipping states:

Two Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs, the "DHB Dauntless" and "DHB Doughty", each with a bollard pull of 55 tonnes, (3,600kW) are available at one hour's notice for berthing in Dover. They operate over the bow with their own 80mm towing ropes, usually towing through the vessel's forward and aft centre leads. Please have at least two heaving lines of sufficient length to reach the tug, available forward and aft. The tugs are usually made fast once inside the harbour, although in fair weather it may be possible to make fast the aft tug before entry. The stern tug will be secured as soon as the vessel has come through the entrance and the bow tug will make fast once the vessel has almost stopped in the fairway to the south of the East Buoy.

And on departure:

...both tugs are let go before the vessel passes between the breakwaters, unless the vessel is proceeding stern first.

Vessel`s Details (1):

Ship Type: Tug

Year Built: 2000

Length x Breadth: 30 m by 10 m

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 11.6 / 8.2 knots

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: MZGA8

IMO: 9190468

MMSI: 232004783

More DHB Doughty details (2):

Built by: PO SevMash Predpriyatiye at Severodvinsk, Russia

Completed by Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem, Netherlands, Yard No: 7944

Date of completion: March 2000

Draught: 4 m

GRT: 304

NET: 91

Main engine: 2 x 4tew 6cyl Wartsilla 6L26 Total Output 3,600 kW at 1,000rpm.

Propulsion: Twin Aquamaster Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD 3110) (‘Z’ drive) units

Speed: 13.5 kn

Click to see all Tug photos (related categories: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ferries, Ships, and Workboats).

(1) Marinetraffic entry for DHB Doughty

(2) Wikipedia entry for IMO 9190456: these details are actually those for Dauntless. Except for the "Yard Number" (Dauntless is 7943), they are believed to be the same for Doughty.

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When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

DHB Doughty Tug

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 12, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/01/09 11:42:36
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash