AICIRTRON sold to African owners

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Sad news that AICIRTRON is due to leave the Thames soon after being sold to owners in Africa , said to be the Sierra Leone region.    It is unsure yet the date of her departure or the exact company or owner she has been sold to.

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39 thoughts on “AICIRTRON sold to African owners

    Darren Gennings said:
    March 17, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Did this ever happen or is the Aicirtron still on the river?

      LiquidHighway responded:
      March 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

      As far as I know she left the Thames. Will find out for sure

        Darren Gennings said:
        March 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        Cheers, thought that she was the flagship of Thames towage? Do you know what happened to the Multitug III as well? She was in Ramsgate for a long time but Thames Towage had a finger in that pie also.

      LiquidHighway responded:
      March 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      I thought so too. Just checked and she hasn’t left the Thames yet for some reason. Will see what I can find on Multitug III she was for sale on apolloduck last year

        Darren Gennings said:
        March 18, 2014 at 1:28 am

        Is she still working on the river or sold and waiting delivery? Strange sale, old boat traveling a long way from home, I would have thought that the could have found somthing better closer to Africa? Always liked the Multitug III as a toy, that is all she could be without a re engine as i think that she only has 240 bhp in her!

    LiquidHighway responded:
    March 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Shes not working , shes laid up awaiting delivery i assume? I dont know much more really , except Dockman is now the main tug being used.

      Darren Gennings said:
      March 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Interesting! Watch this space I guess!

      Keep me posted!

    Martyn Williams said:
    March 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Is she laid up in London, or elswhere, does anyone know? Nothing on AIS since last year.

      LiquidHighway responded:
      March 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Apparently shes in Southampton somewhere?

        Darren Gennings said:
        March 29, 2014 at 4:51 am

        I will ask on Tug Talk, someone will know, thats for sure!

        Martyn Williams said:
        April 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        Thanks.
        Would Tug Talk have the specifications of Aicirtron?
        Accommodation facilities, water/fuel tank sizes etc?

        Might seem like a strange question, but I’ll tell you why soon.

        LiquidHighway responded:
        April 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        I can find that out for you

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks. I’ve asked you on your website as well.
    Didn’t expect such a quick response on here 😉

      LiquidHighway responded:
      April 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      One cabin . Fuel 12 ton . Water 1 ton ,

      LiquidHighway responded:
      April 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      One cabin . Fuel 12 ton . Water 1 ton ,

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Many thanks.
    I’ve been asked to move it. One cabin is fine. How many bunks for crew could be an issue…

      LiquidHighway responded:
      April 6, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Move it from where? She has a fore cabin when I was onboard 2009 with two sofa style bunks and table

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    From Southampton to the continent . Towing a fuel barge. Needs a few more bunks than two sofas!

      LiquidHighway responded:
      April 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      When is this and where is Southampton is she. I’m sure people would like to photograph her leaving

        Martyn Williams said:
        April 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        Details to be comfirmed. I have a meeting with the owner soon. I’ll post here when it is all sorted.

        LiquidHighway responded:
        April 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        Thank you

        LiquidHighway responded:
        April 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        Is she going to sierra leone

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Hi. Can’t say too much at the moment. Meeting the owner after Easter to discuss plans.
    What would be the fuel consumption rate. Anyone know Where I can find a fuel consumption table for a MAN G6V 30/45?

    LiquidHighway responded:
    April 16, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Approx about 1 ton In 24 hr

      Darren Gennings said:
      April 16, 2014 at 2:05 am

      Last I read Martyn you were talking about towing with her, I think that you will be looking at more than a ton a day towing! The man to get in touch with would be Brian Allan at Thames Towage who operated her for a while, I am sure he will be able to give you some better consumption figures etc.

      With only 12 tonnes of fuel tankage on board Africa is going to be a very, very long trip and you will be a braver man than I to take this old boat on a run like that!

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 16, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Some say brave, some say stupid.

    I’m sticking with ‘adventurous’ 😉

    I’m trying to get out of the towing, the idea was to tow her own fuel. If I have a 10 day margin, there’s a load of places I can fill up on the way (Wherever it’s going).
    Thanks for your valuable input and I will reveal all when I have the contract in my hand.

      Darren Gennings said:
      April 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

      I most certainly think that light tug is the way to go, makes life far more hassle free both at sea and when you are going in and out of places!

      If you can get +/-8 knots out of her for 10 days between bunkering that is not too bad, 2000 mile hops is OK and as you say there are some reasonable places to stop off at on the way!

      If it does come off make sure you take lots of photos! 🙂

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Are there any of the old crew, especially an Engineer, who’d fancy a paid day out in Southampton?
    After having a look around the Engine Room, I need someone to tell me what works and what doesn’t.

      LiquidHighway responded:
      April 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Will share this to the FB page for you Martyn. Do you have contact info they can get you on?

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 23, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Please use mart.williams@gmail.com

    I should also be able to reveal the intention of the owners sometime this week.

    Many thanks

      Darren Gennings said:
      April 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Shame i am not back in the UK Martyn, i would have come down and sorted the old girl out with you!

    Martyn Williams said:
    April 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    It definitely needs an old hand’s touch.
    So many switches on switches, with additional breakers and it don’t help all the batteries are flat and will probably need renewing.

    I’m going to start a Blog with this. I’ll let you know when and where.

      LiquidHighway responded:
      April 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Good idea Martyn. Like the blog idea keep us updated. Will post your request later

        Darren Gennings said:
        April 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        The joys of old tugs Martyn! Let me know when you start a blog i would like to follow it!

      Liquid Highway responded:
      June 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Any news on her?

        Martyn Williams said:
        June 20, 2014 at 6:31 am

        Aicirtron was purchased by a USA based Nigerian partnership, along with a fuel barge ‘Humber Mariner’. The barge is what they want, the tug was a cheap vessel to get it to Nigeria, via Togo.

        I was initially contacted to be the Captain for this trip and I was more than happy to do it. After weeks of back and forth wrangling over money. Basic promises to pay me an initial deposit, money for safety gear, fuel money to fill it at least 3 times on route (due to licencing rules fuel could not be carried on the barge to transfer at sea). Broken promises, lies and dodgy paperwork, I decided to withdraw my services.

        Last seen, Aicirtron and Humber mariner were at Southampton Marine Services,Due to be pulled out and moored mid river on the Itchen around 12th June, awaiting a new Captain and crew.

        I have no idea of it’s future.

        Liquid Highway responded:
        June 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        Seems very strange and a huge waste to buy the tug and not want it? Surely they have use for it. Fingers crossed shes a lovely old tug

    Martyn Williams said:
    June 22, 2014 at 2:20 am

    It’s in a right mess last time I saw it. Whoever delivered it from the Thames to the Itchen didn’t care a bit about it. On top of that someone has been stealing electrical parts from the engine room.

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