Turkish shipbuilder Med Marine has launched a powerful salvage and harbour tug at its Ereğli Shipyard on the Black Sea coast
Ereğli 94 was constructed for Kenya Ports Authority’s operations in east Africa.
Med Marine built this 42-m tug to its own MED-A42120 design, based on Robert Allan Ltd’s RAstar 4200 design. This high-power azimuth stern drive (ASD) vessel is the largest tug project ever built in the Ereğli shipyard and will be the most powerful of its class in east Africa when completed.
Ereğli 94 will be a vital addition to east Africa’s largest port of Mombasa. It is part of the Kenya Ports Authority’s modernisation and maintenance programme, which aims to enhance efficiency and safety at sea.
Med Marine Ereğli shipyard manager Kemal Bektaş said after its launch, the focus will be on outfitting and commissioning.
“The ER94 vessel is the longest, widest and deepest tugboat project ever built in our shipyard,” he said. “We will continue our efforts to complete the sea trials as soon as possible to deliver the state-of-the-art vessel. We also thank all our employees and solution partners for their dedication and hard work on this project.”
With a bollard pull of 120 tonnes, beam of 16 m and maximum draught of 7.2 m, it will have accommodation for 18 crew, fuel oil storage of 500 m3 and fresh water capacity of 60 m3.
Med Marine built this tug for emergency response, salvage and harbour operations. It has been constructed and will be equipped according to SOLAS requirements
Kenya Ports Authority manages and operates the Port of Mombasa and all scheduled seaports along Kenya’s coastline including Lamu, Malindi, Kilifi, Mtwapa, Kiunga, Shimoni, Funzi and Vanga. It also manages inland waterways and container depots at Embakasi, Eldoret and Kisumu.
The Port of Mombasa is a gateway to east and central Africa. It is one of the busiest ports along the east African coastline and has direct connectivity to over 80 ports worldwide.
It also has links to a vast hinterland comprising Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Tanzania, southern Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia by road. A railway line also runs from the port to Uganda and Tanzania.