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Misurata Free Zone Orders A Powerful New Tug To Med Marine To Strengthen Its Tugboat Fleet

Misurata Free Zone and Med Marine signed a contract for construction of new state-of-the-art vessel, MED-A2885 class tugboat. It is RAstar-2800 design of well-known Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm, Canadian Robert Allan LTD.

Contract signing ceremony was held in Misurata, Libya at the facilities of Misurata Free Zone.
Gürkan Gürmeriçliler, Turkish Consul General of Misurata, Muhsin Sigutri, Misurata Free Zone Chairman, Abdolmwla A. Abolwaifa, General Director of Misurata Free Zone, Aladdin R. Baba, Marketing & Cooperation Manager of Misurata Free Zone, Abdelhakim Elshebani, Purchasing Representative of Misurata Free Zone and Yıldız Bozkurt, General Manager of Med Marine, Can Cicioglu, Business Development Senior Specialist of Med Marine attended the ceremony.

The vessel will be built in Med Marine’s Eregli Shipyard in Turkey’s Zonguldak region.

RAstar designs are described as following;

  • The epitome of high-performance ASD escort tugs
  • Unique sponsored hull-form for superior escort performance and improved sea-keeping
  • Roll response less than half of other standard designs

With these features, MED-A2885 offers the opportunity to expand operational capabilities for the Misurata Free Zone when joins its fleet.

MED-A2885 Technical Details

Bollard Pull85 TBP
Free Running Speed12 knots
Complement 8 persons
Length, overall28,40 m
Breadth, moulded 13,00 m
Depth, moulded5,40 m
Draft, extreme5,70 m

Med Marine’s General Manager, Mrs. Yıldız Bozkurt comments on the contract:
We are honored by the trust placed in Med Marine by Misurata Free Zone with this contract. This is a significant project for us and an investment for Misurata Free Zone.
Both parties have shown a constructive approach during technical and commercial negotiations.
MED-A2885 has been proven in both model and full-scale testing to provide significantly enhanced escort towing performance. We would like to thank Misurata Free Zone for putting their trust in Med Marine’s shipbuilding experience and knowledge, as well as for the proven, dependable, and compliant solution tugboat, MED-2885.
We are happy to see increasing demand for MED-A2885 class tugboat from ports and tugboat operators.

Misurata Free Zone’s Chairman, Mr. Muhsin Sigutri comments on the contract:

We would like to thank you for your cooperation with us. It was a great pleasure and honor to have signed this contract to have become partners with a leading Turkish shipbuilder and operator.  The contract has been of huge significance for us. We are sure that the mutual interests to both of us in developing the port sector is a guarantee of impactful success at the end; therefore, I expect this contract will lead to mutual benefits  in all its aspects in the long term.

As we work together for MFZ port development , we also expect that our partnership will encourage and increase the demand for more Med Marine’s state of the-art tugboats and further relevant services at the highest global quality standards that meet MFZ’s needs.  

We take this opportunity to express our gratitude for every effort has been made to make this cooperation successful and fruitful.

As Mediterranean ‘s leading trade and investment hub and port operator, MFZ confirms its commitments toward its partnership with Med Marine to achieve its goals and vision. 

About Med Marine:

Med Marine is a leading Turkish shipbuilder and leading tugboat operator. The firm employs Eregli Shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Turkey based on some 180.000 m2 with more than 30.000 m2 indoor areas to build state-of-the-art tugboats, work boats, offshore vessels and coated/Stainless Steel (STST) IMO II type chemical/oil tankers, either for its own operations or clients around the world. Med Marine has a very wide selection of state-of-the-art tugboat design portfolio and the shipyard is constantly being improved with advanced production standards by keeping up with latest health, safety and environmental regulations. Med Marine has successfully completed the construction and delivery of almost 200 projects, including tugboats, chemical/oil tankers, mooring and pilot boats.

About Misurata Free Zone

Misurata Free Zone (MFZ) is the first free-trade zone established in Libya, based on Act No (9/2000) for free zones and transit trade. It is designated and organized by law to host industrial, commercial, and service operations that are available to all those interested in investing in Libya. The main objectives of MFZ are to increase the revenue sources, to contribute in supporting the local economy, and to provide employment and training opportunities. Such goals are achieved by creating an attractive investment environment where all free-trade activities are facilitated and liberalized.

MFZ also strives to be the world’s gateway to Africa and open doors to both local and foreign investors to develop the international trade and investment at this transit location.


To be recognized as a leading trade and investment hub in the Mediterranean.


We are committed to providing a safe and attractive environment for local and foreign    investors and to meeting the customers’ needs by offering a wide range of facilities and business support services

Core Objectives

  • To facilitate import-export and international trade by offering a series of incentives and expedited administrative procedures.
  • To support the national economy and sustainable development by attracting Foreign Direct Investment and providing different job and training opportunities
  • To offer one-stop shop and business support services for all cross-border business operations such as logistic, commercial, financial and banking facilities
  • To Encourage collaboration and innovation through knowledge and technology transfer

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