MTS Vanguard is a Shoalbuster 3209, specially designed to work in shallow as well as in deeper waters, classed by Bureau Veritas with an unrestricted sailing area. The MTS Vanguard has a bollard pull of 50 tonnes, an operating draft of 3.00 meters which can be reduced to a minimum operation draft of: 2.8 meters and an increased stability. This in combination with a large capacity of fuel oil and fresh water makes a Shoalbuster perfect for diverse worldwide operations.

With its multi-purpose design, the MTS Vanguard can be used for a wide-ranging scope of work, covering, but not limited to, towing (single and double), pushing, dredging support, salvage assistance, wreck removal, harbor maintenance, harbor towage, escorting, buoy and anchor handling, anchor recovery, pipe and cable laying, deck and/or cargo transportation and pollution control in both inland and coastal waters.

The MTS Vanguard is manned with an experienced crew and equipped with the right quality gear for each job. The MTS Vanguard is equipped with a heavy Heila deck crane, a towing- and anchor handling winch and a spacious aft deck. The work deck of the MTS Vanguard is equipped with towing pins, a chain stopper and a wide stern roller. All to ensure the safety of the operations, whether towing or while performing anchor handling activities. Our vessels have a safe working environment for our crew.

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Type Shoalbuster 3209
Classification Bureau Veritas • Hull • Mach • / Unrestricted Navigation / AUT-UMS (SS)
IMO number 9688673
Year built 2014 - Damen Hardinxveld, NL
Flag St Vincent and The Grenadines
Port of registry Kingstown
Call sign J8B5082
MMSI 375007000
Length overall 32,08 m
Breath overall 9,10 m
Minimum draft 2,90 m
Operational Draft 3,00 m
Maximum draft 3,20 m
Minimum air draft 10,80 m
Maximum air draft 16,00 m
Gross tonnage 327 t
Net tonnage 98 t
Typel Heila HLRM 170-4SL
Capacity 7,90 T @ 15,93 m
Fuel oil 222,80 m³
Fresh water 40,90 m³
Lubricating oil 7,30 m³
Hydraulic oil 3,10 m³
Dirty oil 4,30 m³
Sewage 3,30 m³
Bilge water 4,30 m³
Main engines 2x CAT 3512B TA/C HD
Total power 2.610 kW / 3500 bhp
Propulsion 2x Promarin fixed pitch propeller
Bowthruster 250 bhp, hydraulic driven
Main generator sets 2x Caterpiller C4.4 TA
Fuel oil transfer pump VWSI 8020,50 m³/h @ 4,8 bar
Fresh water transfer pump VWSI 8020,50 m³/h @ 4,8 bar
Fresh water maker HEM 25/1300F3 4,8T/24h
Air compressor ABAC B5900 B270
Powerpack CAT C-18 TA, 357 kW @ 1800 rpm
Free deckspace 68,75,0 m²
Deck strength 10,0 t/m m²
Towing winch DMT Waterfall 50 t / 150 t (pull/hold) 850 m x 44 mm
Anchor Handling Winch 100 t / 150 t (pull/hold) 750 m x 44 mm
Tugger winch 12 t
Towing pins Regular SWL 50 t
Pushbow Full length rubber fendered
Stern roller SWL 100t
Bollard pull 50,7 t
Maximum speed 11,50
Economic speed 8,00
Horsepower 3500
Persons 7
Single cabin 3
Double cabin 2
Air conditioned Yes

The information is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to changes.


The MTS Vanguard has a proven track record and has worked all over the world in areas with limited maneuverability. Contact our Commercial Department for any additional information you might need. MTS Vanguard is ready to support your project anywhere in the world in a diverse working environment.

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