Shoalbuster Barney

The Shoalbuster “Barney” is with her draft of only 1.80m and space for 12 persons a special workboat in our fleet. This tug is particularly suitable for 24-hour tugging operations or projects in ultra shallow waters.

Shallow but large

Shoalbuster Barney

Shoalbuster Barney is a unique addition to the Herman Senior fleet. She is a larger vessel with a spacious accommodation suitable for 12 persons in total and a fixed 4-point mooring system installed on board. With a bollard pull of 30 tonnes and a draft of only 1,80 meter, she can work on ultra-shallow waters! Bureau Veritas classes the vessel with an unrestricted navigation classification, this in combination with her large bunker capacity she is very suited for longer worldwide towages as well.

What makes Barney so unique:

  • With a bollard pull of approx. 30 tonne at only 1,80 m draft this vessel is perfect for the shallow waters.
  • With her large accommodation, available on the vessel Barney can accommodate up to 12 persons.
  • The vessel has a 4-point mooring system available, in combination with her spacious accommodation and work deck she is very suitable for diving operations.
  • The vessel is certified with an anchor handling notation; this means Barney will comply with the latest regulations regarding safe work in Anchor handling.
  • The vessel is equipped with a moon pool for survey purposes. This in combination with her spacious accommodation and low fuel consumption makes her very suitable and cost-effective for 24-hour survey operations.
  • Barney can be used as a pull pontoon up to 50 tonnes!


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Yard no:
571709 {Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld}
Delivery date:
April 2015
Damen Shoalbuster 3013
Basic functions:
Towing, anchor handling, dredge support, wind farm support, oil & gas support, supplying, diving support, 4-point mooring, pull pontoon
Bureau Veritas I HULL • Tug Unrestricted navigation, anchor handling notation
Nat. Authoritities:
Dutch Shipping Inspection continuous service
Call sign:
I.M.O. No:


30.02 m
13.46 m
Depth at half length:
3.20 m
1.80 m
GT / NT:
382 / 114 ton

Tank capacities:

Fuel oil:
135.00 m³
Fresh water:
56.00 m³
Lub. oil:
3.40 m³
Hydraulic oil:
2.00 m³
Gearbox oil:
0.50 m³
Dirty oil:
2.30 m³
18.70 m³
Bilge Water
3.40 m³


Bollard pull:
30 ton (m)
10.5 knots

Propulsion system:

Main engines:
3 x Caterpillar C18 ACERT
Total power:
1599 bkW (2145 bhp) at 1800 rpm
3 x Reintjes WAF 364L/5.435:1
3 x Promarin fixed pith propellors
3 x 1600 mm in nozzles
1 x 250 bhp
3x fishtail rudders (45 degrees)

Auxiliary equipment:

Generator sets:
2 x Cat C-4.4 TA 107 kVA, 50 Hz, 230/400 V
Hydraulic set:
Combined Cat C18 with gearbox with clutch
Fuel separator:
Alfa Laval MAB 103
950 LTR/min
Transfer pumps:
Water and fuel: SIHI 32 m3/hr at 3,5 bar
Sewage treatment:
1x Hamman Super mini cap 12 persons

Deck layout:

2 x 340 kg Pool
19 mm shortlink anchor chain 220 m
Anchor winch:
2x DMT hydraulically driven with drum pull 4T @ first layer, 300m dia 24mm
Deck crane bow:
HS Marine AK 20 LE1, 2,06 ton @ 7,28m
Deck crane aft ship:
HS Marine AKC 185 HE4, 6,44 ton @ 17,07m
DMT total of 3 drums
– Anchorhandling:
50 ton with 350m wire of 36mm @ 6m/min 75 ton brake holding power
– Towing:
2 drums of 50 ton with 2x 650m of 36mm @ 6m/min 75 ton brake holding power
Argano S 100
WK Hydraulics 5 ton @ 30 m/min
Anchor handling pins:
4 x hydraulic anchor handling pins system noble denton approved for anchor handling notation
Wire/ chain stopper:
1 x wire/ chain stopper WK Hydraulics type
1 x Moonpool with a diameter of 386 mm,
1x Moonpool 600 x 800 mm

10 ton/m²

Free deck space:
150 m²
Container capacity:
3x 20” and 3×10”


Heated and air-conditioned living spaces for twelve persons, consisting of five double cabins, once Officer cabin, once captain’s cabin, a galley with messroom all equipped with satellite television and sanitary facilities according to ILO regulations.

Nautical and communication equipment:

According GMDSS:
Area A3
2x Pesch 3000 W
Gyro compass:
Anschuetz Standard 22 compact
Radar system:
Furuno FR-2117+
1x Simrad MX 521-A
1x Furuno FA-150
2x Furuno ECDIS
1x Simrad FU-80
Furuno FE 700
Watch alarm:
1x Furuno BR-540
VHF radio telephone:
3x sailor RT 6222 25W
1 x Furuno NX700
1x Sailor 6310
2x Sailor 6110
1x Irridium telephone
1x Intellian VSAT v100GX


1x Orlaco 8 Cameras system

Why Herman SR.

  • Our office managers have years of experience working on our boats, so they can advise you in the best possible way.
  • Our crew aboard on our ships are very skillful and did your project probably hundreds of times before
  • We deliver high quality for competitive prices
  • We quickly respond to your requests
  • We are a family business for over 25 years
  • We hate downtime, just like you
  • We work worldwide

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