Thursday, February 2, 2023

Sanmar Shipyards delivers cleaner and greener tugs at end of successful year

Sanmar Shipyards has ended a successful year with the delivery of two tugboats that are both powerful and environmentally-aware to Italy-based long-term client Rimorchiatori Augusta. They were two of four tugs that the Türkiye-headquartered tugboat builder delivered during the last week of 2022.

Based on the technologically-advanced, reduced emissions exclusive to Sanmar  RAmparts 2400 SX MKII design from leading naval architects Robert Allan Ltd, the tugs left Sanmar’s Tuzla Shipyard on Saturday (December 24).

Sanmar’s new RAmparts 2400SX MKII series of tugs will be the first IMO Tier III emissions compliant tugs working in Italian ports. Known as Bogacay LII and Bogacay LIV while at Sanmar, the tugs have been renamed CITTA DI AUGUSTA and CITTA DI SIRACUSA respectively by their new owners.

Sanmar delivered an impressive total of 30 tugboats built at its purpose-built shipyards at Altinova and Tuzla in Türkiye to operators Europe, the Middle East, Australia, South and Central America, and domestic customers in Türkiye during 2022. It has previously delivered the tugs TURCHIA in 2014, CITTA DI SALERNO in 2017, ARECHI and ITALIA in 2020 to the Rimorchiatori Riuniti group.

Both CITTA DI AUGUSTA and CITTA DI SIRACUSA measure 24.4 LOA, with a moulded beam of 12m and least moulded depth of 4.5m and have been designed for maximum efficiency in the performance of ship-handling duties for sea going ships, with bollard pulls of 60-plus tons and a free running speed of 12 knots. Able to accommodate a crew of up to six people, the tugs are powered by two high speed, electronically-controlled IMO Tier III compliant CAT 3512E main engines, each producing 1901kW at 1.800 rev/min to drive standard production US 205 FP 360-degree azimuthing thrusters.

CITTA DI AUGUSTA and CITTA DI SIRACUSA have Fi-Fi 1 fire-fighting capability with their main fire pump driven through clutched flexible coupling in front of the port side main engine. Tank capacities include 77.900 litres of fuel oil and 11.500 litres of fresh water.

Ali Gurun, Chairman of Sanmar Shipyards, said: “2022 was a good year for us with 30 deliveries to both new and returning customers. In 2023 our focus will continue to be improving the environmental credentials of our tugs through technological advance and state-of-the-art design. This latest version of the popular Bogacay class tugs achieves a new level of low-emission, low environmental impact tugboat operation. We are delighted that Rimorchiatori Augusta has again chosen Sanmar to provide the powerful, cost-effective and environmentally-conscious tugs they need to meet their specific operational demands.”

The other two tugs Sanmar delivered during the final week of 2022. They were YENICAY XVI a compact 32 ton bollard pull tug sold to Türkiye-based Marintug, renamed ADAKALE by its new owners, and BOZCAY VI, sold to Türkiye-based operator Yalpaş, where it has been renamed YALOVA 5.

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