Turkey’s General Directorate of Coastal Safety has taken delivery of the first of two emergency response tugs Uzmar has built
Management from the directorate have signed the temporary acceptance protocol for Kurtarma-13 tug, which will aid distressed ships around the Turkish coast. Director general of coastal safety Durmuş Ünvar and Uzmar chairman A Noyan Altug signed the delivery notice during a ceremony in Istanbul.
Uzmar said Kurtarma-13 will increase safety in the Turkish Straits, ensuring the safety of life and property. A second tug, Kurtarma-14, has completed sea trials and is being prepared for delivery.
The two 32-m emergency response and escort tugboats were built to Robert Allan’s RAstar 3200W design with azimuth stern drive propulsion and fire-fighting systems, and a towing capacity of 80 tonnes, coming from two marine diesel engines driving two variable pitch azimuth propellers.
RAstar 3200W series tugboats are considered by Uzmar as having the highest manoeuvrability and escort capabilities. They are equipped with the latest technologies for ship rescue services, vessel escort, fire-fighting, port services, towing and pushing services and stand-by services.
Kurtarma-13 and Kurtarma-14 will provide salvage support in the Turkish Straits, where more than 50,000 ships pass through each year, towing powered-down ships and maritime casualties out of shipping lanes to protect key trade routes between the Black Sea and Mediterranean.
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