Cafimar Group subsidiary Somat has expanded its fleet of tugboats handling ships calling at ports in Sicily
Somat has taken delivery of a new 25.2-m harbour tug from Med Marine just four months after signing a supply contract in September 2020.
This Med-A2575 model tugboat has been named Gordo and will soon commence operations in western Sicilian ports. Med Marine built Gordo at the Eregli Shipyard in Turkey to Robert Allan’s RAmparts 2500W design.
It is an azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug, built for ship handling, coastal towing, general purpose and escort duties. Gordo has a beam of 12 m, hull depth of 4.6 m and accommodation for seven people. It has a fire-fighting system to FiFi E class, delivering 1,400 m3/hr of foam and water from one pump and two monitors.
Gordo’s top speed is 12 knots and it has a bollard pull of 70 tonnes coming from a pair of Caterpillar 3516C main diesel engines, each rated at 2,100 kW at 1,600 rpm.
These drive two Kongsberg-supplied US255S P30 drives with fixed pitch propellers.
Med Marine installed two Cat C4.4 generator sets in the engineroom, each producing 99 kW of electrical power at 1,500 rpm and 50 Hz which help drive deck machinery including a THR Marine towing winch on the fore deck.
Somat is the licensee for towage services in the ports of west Sicily. Its tugboat fleet provides assistance services to ships carrying flammable or polluting materials, such as tankers calling at a terminal on the island.
These tugs have a wide range of fire-fighting systems and equipment suitable for recovery of pollutants that may be discharged at sea.
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