A Turkish shipyard has launched a green propulsion and explosion-proof tug for a major North American LNG export terminal.
Uzmar Shipbuilding is building a Robert Allan-designed escort and terminal tug for SAAM Smit Towage (SST) at its shipyard in the Kocaeli free zone, in Turkey.
This 32-m tug will be employed in Q2 2019 to escort and berth LNG carriers at an export facility in British Columbia, Canada, after it is delivered in Q1 2019.
Uzmar assistant general manager Mutlu Altuğ told Tug Technology & Business that this tug was launched on 15 November. “It is an LNG-proof tug for a Canadian LNG terminal,” he said. “After its launch, it will take a few months for delivery.”
This escort tug is built to a RAstar 3200-W design and meets IMO Tier III emissions rules. It will have around 80 tonnes of bollard pull and Cleanship and Green Passport notations from Bureau Veritas.
It has a RAstar hull and deep skeg, which Robert Allan said is optimised for generating high indirect escort forces, while also being capable of providing towing operations from the stern.
Because it will be working in an LNG export terminal, this tug has gas detection, explosion-proof deck equipment, off-ship Fifi1 fire-fighting capabilities and a winch for emergency towage.
It will be employed by SST Canada, a joint venture between Dutch group Boskalis and SAAM of Chile.
Mr Altuğ said Uzmar is also building other 32-m and 30-m escort and harbour tugs for its own fleet in Turkey and for onward sale. It has also started building 25-m tugs and is working on a tugboat that has hybrid propulsion.
“Ship sizes are changing, so we need more sophisticated and bigger tugs equipped with new technology,” he said.
Uzmar is building eight tugs to Robert Allan design at its shipyard in the Kocaeli free zone. These included six RAstar 3200 tugs and a pair of RAmparts 3000 tugs.
It has a large orderbook of Robert Allan-design tugs as it is set to build at least another 10 vessels with bollard pulls of between 50-85 tonnes.
SST Canada expanded its fleet in Canada in October when it purchased two escort tugs from Cheoy Lee Shipyards.
These RAstar 3200 design tugs were named SST Grizzly and SST Orca and were brought into service in Vancouver, Canada.
These have 80 tonnes of bollard pull and are classed by Lloyd’s Register.