A Turkish tug operator increased the terminal support capacity of its fleet through two acquisitions
Gemport, a subsidiary of Yılport Holdings, has increased the size of its fleet by acquiring two tugs in as many months from another Turkish owner to boost capacity at Gemlik Port in Turkey.
It purchased harbour tug Med XXVI from Med Marine and renamed it Uludağ Y. This is a Robert Allan designed RAmparts 2300-MM tugboat built by Med Marine to RINA class, originally for its own fleet.
The 23-m azimuth stern drive (ASD) type tug has a beam of 10.9 m and depth of 4.4 m, a free sailing speed of 12 knots and bollard pull of 50 tonnes.
This comes from a pair of Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines that each develop output of 1,380 kW at 1,600 rpm, driving two Schottel SRP340 azimuthing thrusters with fixed pitch propellers of 210-cm diameter.
This is the second tug Gemport has purchased from Med Marine this year after it acquired Altıntel M and renamed it İznik Y before it started operating in Gemlik Port.
This 18-m tug was built to a Robert Allan design and RINA class with a 6.7 m beam and 3.28 m draught, a full speed of 12 knots and bollard pull of 30 tonnes.
This comes from two CAT 3508B engines that develop a total output of 1,640 kW driving two Wärtsilä-supplied, 170-cm diameter propellers that are in fixed 193-cm kort nozzles.
Yıldırım Group operates 21 terminals in nine countries. Med Marine has nine other tugs similar to İznik Y in its operating fleet. It has a busy building programme in 2019 consisting of Robert Allan-designed tugboats, Camarc-designed pilot vessels and mooring boats.
Emissions in ports will be discussed at Riviera Maritime Media’s Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference, Awards and Exhibition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in May.