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MSC Ailsa

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MSC Ailsa

MSC Ailsa (IMO 9158692)seen here in Battleship Wharf, Port of Blyth (North East England) on 22nd April 2007. She is in the area working on a project at nearby Newbiggin Bay and was loading a barge to transfer materials.

Launched as Katliz

Type of Vessel: Deck Cargo Ship

Size: 40m x 14m x 2.3m
Tonnage: 497gt

1996-10 Scheepswerf A. Baars Azn. B.V. - Sliedrecht Yard/hull No.: 764
Hull Material:Steel; Hull Connections:Welded; Decks:1 dk

2 oil engines reduction geared to screw shafts driving 2 FP propellers
Total Power: Mcr 1,490kW (2,026hp)
Service Speed: 9.00kts
Design: General Motors, Engine Builder: General Motors Corp., Detroit Diesel Allison Div. - U.S.A.
2 x 12V-149-TI, 2 Stroke, Single Acting, Vee
12 Cy. 146 x 146, Mcr: 745 kW (1013 hp) at 1800 rpm
Thrusters: 1 Thwart. FP thruster (f)

Courtesy of the Maritime Craft Srervices web site@

Huge deck area
11 knots cruising speed
Good seakeeping abilities
240 tonne metre hydraulic crane
22 tonnes bollard pull
Good manoeuvrability with bow thruster

"MCS Ailsa" was bought by Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd. in October 2003. The addition of this jumbo multi-cat will increase the ability of the company to offer a wider spread of support to the dredging and marine construction industries.

The plan dimensions of 42 metres by 14.5 metres give the vessel ample deck space providing room for the equipment necessary for modern diving operations. In addition, the physical size of the vessel results in a more stable platform extending the vessel's ability to continue working when sea conditions worsen.

Despite her size "MCS Ailsa" has an unloaded draft of only 1.34 metres and a loaded draft of 2.00 metres when she is carrying her maximum cargo load of 830 tonnes.

The power output from her GM engines of  2,000 BHP gives her a bollard pull of 22 tonnes and a free running speed of 11 knots. Superlative manoeuvring ability is achieved with the assistance of a 175 HP bow thruster.

"MCS Ailsa" is equipped forward with a massive 240 tonne metre hydraulic crane with the ability to lift 55 tonnes at 3.5 metres radius (i.e.over bow or side) out to 16 tonnes at 11.8 metres radius and also has two 50 tonne hydraulic winches installed for towing or anchor handling.

Recently Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd. have successfully operated this vessel on a number of projects. One involved placing 16 tonne rock mattresses on the seabed in 16 metres of water and another as a diver support vessel dismantling an outfall pipeline.

Full specifications can be downloaded from the above web site in PDF format.

    Jun 10 2009 08:30 AM
    built as a small car ferry then converted
    Interesting fact - the stern end view that I posted gives a better idea of how she could have operated as a ferry - thanks for the heads up  :crazy2:


    Steve E.