A Turkish shipyard is building a new series of tugboats for its own fleet and future clients
Turkish group Uzmar Shipyard is building a new fleet of harbour and terminal tugs, starting with construction of a new large multipurpose offshore oil recovery, support and towing vessel.
Uzmar is currently building up to six tugboats and two pilot vessels for its own fleet in addition to building a 60-m multipurpose vessel for Kuwait Oil Co (KOC).
Uzmar business development executive Emre Caylak told Tug Technology & Business these six tugs will be variants on Robert Allan tug designs and are all scheduled for delivery in 2020.
“We will build four tugs to a RAstar design, similar to Tsimshian Warrior [escort tug], on speculation,” said Mr Caylak.
These tugs will have up to 80 tonnes of bollard pull, with two having fixed-pitch propellers in nozzles and the other two having controllable-pitch propellers. They will all have Cummins generator sets and Caterpillar main engines.
“We will also built two 20-m RAscal 2000 harbour tugs and two 15-m, high-speed pilot boats for our own fleet,” said Mr Caylak.
The pilot vessels will be built with aluminium hulls and Scania engines.
Uzmar completed Tsimshian Warrior in Q1 2019 for SAAM’s terminal support operations in British Columbia, Canada.
This was built to a Robert Allan RAstar 3200W design with 83.5 tonnes of bollard pull ahead. It has two Caterpillar Cat 3516E engines and Kongsberg US255 controlled-pitch azimuth thrusters.
Shipyards are building harbour and escort tugs for their own fleets and for sale to other operators, with bollard pulls of 70-80 tonnes, said Robert Allan president and chief executive Mike Fitzpatrick. Robert Allan provides designs to most of the major Turkish tug builders.
Uzmar is building the largest vessel of Robert Allan design in Turkey for KOC. This will be built to a RAmpage 6000 design, dynamic positioning and Lloyd’s Register class for towage and oil spill recovery in Kuwait ports and the Middle East Gulf. The steel cutting ceremony for this project was on 2 September in Kocaeli, Turkey.