A steel cutting ceremony marked the start of construction of a multipurpose oil spill response and towage vessel for Kuwait Oil Co
Turkish group Uzmar Shipyard has started constructing a large multipurpose offshore oil recovery, support and towing vessel for Middle East operations. This is the largest Robert Allan-designed vessel ever to be built in Turkey and will be a significant addition to the fleet.
This 60-m, NB125 vessel will be used by Kuwait Oil Co (KOC) for towage and oil spill recovery in national ports and the Middle East Gulf with completion expected in Q4 2020.
This vessel will be built with an azimuth stern drive (ASD) system to a Robert Allan RAmpage 6000 design.
Construction commenced with a steel cutting ceremony in Kocaeli, Turkey, on 2 September, attended by senior executives and engineers from Uzmar and KOC.
This RAmpage 6000 vessel will have dynamic positioning with a DP (AM) notation from Lloyd’s Register. Its propulsion for the ASD will come from two medium-speed engines.
It will be equipped for towing services, area surveillance, offshore fire-fighting, logistics support duties and search and rescue in the area around Kuwait and in international waters.
KOC team leader for marine technical services Soud Al Otaibi said steel cutting marks a special milestone in constructing a “significant vessel” for the KOC fleet. He said this would be “one of the most technically advanced oil spill recovery vessels of its type” when completed.
Uzmar chief executive Ahmet Noyan Altuğ said this newbuilding project was part of a long-term relationship with KOC.
“I am certain that we will continue our partnership in such great projects in the future,” said Mr Altuğ.
Earlier this year Uzmar delivered two escort tugs to Svitzer – Svitzer Redhead and Svitzer Ruby – to support terminal operations in Australia.