The Dutch built tug VARNEBANK was built by Scheepswerven v/h H.H. Bodewes at Millingen, Netherlands as yard number 729 launched on the 20th November 1975 and on the 16th December 1975 she was delivered to the Nieuwe Rotterdamse Sleepdienst (NRS) NV at Rotterdam (NLD flag and call sign as PIEJ).
In 1988 she was transferred to Smit Havensleepdiensten BV and in 1989 transferred to Smit International Deutschland GmbH – Hamburg, Germany. In 2001 she returned to Rotterdam.
On the 27th July 2004 she was to Alfons Håkans & Co O/Y – Turku; Finland and stationed at Tallinn,
Estland and renamed PALLAS with EST flag and call sign as ES2605.
In 2017 she returned to Hoek van Holland as VARNE and in 2018 she was renamed VARNEBANK . She has a length of 34.29 metres with a beam of 9.56 metres and a depth of 5.82 metres. She’s powered by 2 Kromhout 9FCHD main engines which develops a total output of 2,206 kW (3,000 bhp) at 1,000 rpm and perform a free sailing speed of 12.5 knots with a bollard pull of 35 tons.
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Published – Tuesday 17th March, 2020