Among them is the Richards Bay tug Uzavolo - the former RH Tarpey - a Voith Schneider-propelled tug built in 1974 at the James Brown & Hamer shipyard here in Durban.
Two former Saldanha tugs are also on auction. One is the 1977-built Meeuw, also using Voith Schneider propulsion. The second Saldanha-based tug is Marcus, built in 1976 and like the others using Voith Schneider propulsion, which is slowly becoming standard in TNPA practice. It appears this tug was sold for an unknown figure.
The fourth harbour tug is a former Cape Town tug now based in Port Elizabeth, where she has been deployed for several years. The tug’s name is Shiraz, the ex-Ben Schoemen, renamed in the mid 1990s for one of the Cape’s well-known wine cultivars. Shiraz was built in 1980.
Among the smaller vessels on the auction was the Saldanha-based single- engined diesel harbour launch Sysie, which appears to have been sold.