The Salvage Tug John Ross

The John Ross alongside at East London

The John Ross and her sister Wolraad Woltemade were for many years the worlds largest salvage tugs. The design called for ships with a bollard pull of 205 tonnes of 26000 ihp and capable of 21 Knots. They are 94,6m long with a BHP of 19 200. The Ross was built in Durban in 1976 and has participated in a number of large salvage and towing operations. In early 2004 the John Ross was sold in a black economic empowerment deal to Smit Dudula Marine, a joint venture between Dutch salvage company Smit Marine and South African company Dudula Shipping. She was renamed Smit Amandla. The Wolraad Woltemade was beached at Alang in 2010 for breaking up.

The Wolraad Woltemade alongside at Cape Town

Photo's by Derek Walker. Updated January 2010. Images replaced 11 July 2011.

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