Yard Number 486 was named FLYING PHANTOM when launched on Thursday 02/07/1981 by Ferguson Shipbuilders Port Glasgow for 1981-94 Clyde Shipping Company Glasgow
Ship Type: Tug
Ship's Role: Towage and Firefighting Duties
Tonnage: 347grt 0nrt (1997: 286gt 86nt)
Draught: 3.833m (depth 4.55m)
1981-94 Clyde Shipping Company, Glasgow
1994-2000 Clyde Tugs Ltd, Glasgow
2000 Cory Towage Ltd, London
2000-2001 Wijsmuller Marine Ltd, Middlesbrough
2001-2007 Svitzer Marine Ltd, Middlesbrough
Her main engines were built by Ruston Diesels Ltd, Newton-le-Willows , she was powered by 2 x 6cyl 4SCSA (254 x 305mm) Ruston 6RKCM oil engines single reduction to a single shaft with controllable pitch propeller. 2820bhp - 40 tons bollard pull.
5/1997 - additionally fitted with a forward mounted Aquamaster UL601 retractable azimuthing thruster propeller powered by a Cummins KTA19M3 providing 600bhp @ 1800rpm (by Richard Dunston Shiprepairers Ltd)
7.8 tons bollard pull with Aquamaster alone, 50 tons combined with main propulsion system.
Her last recorded name was FLYING PHANTOM
FLYING PHANTOM arrived for scrapping on 26/02/2015
Additional Information: Keel Laid 03/12/1980, completed 11/11/1981. Fitted with Fire Fighting equipment from new. Solid bridge wing screens replaced by railings during 1980s to improve visibility. Transferred to Clyde Tugs Ltd in 1994 (50:50 with Cory Towage). 28/12/2000 Made contact with underwater obstacle at 2am whilst escorting the Egyptian ABU EGILIA off Dumbarton and sustained a punctured hull. Beached to prevent sinking. Refloated 3pm and towed by tug Warrior III to dry dock for repair. Returned to service 02/2001. Last Clydebuilt tug in Clyde fleet as of 11/2004.
On 19/12/2007 whilst towing bulk carrier 'Red Jasmine' upriver to Shieldhall, in severely reduced visibility, sank off the former John Brown yard at Clydebank after apparently being pulled over by the towing line. Three of her crew of four were lost. She was subsequently raised, and taken to King George V Dock, Glasgow.
Following enquiries and legal proceedings in which large fines were imposed for various safety failings she was towed overnight 25~26/02/2015 from Glasgow to Rosneath for breaking up.
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