Two of the largest builders of tugboats in the world released further details of their 2019 tug construction schedules.
Turkish shipyards Uzmar and Sanmar will build more than 20 tugs in total during the first nine months of 2019 ensuring they have full orderbooks for the next 12 months.
Both will build tugs for their own fleets on the expectation there will be owners ready to purchase them either during the construction phase or following completion.
Details from shipbrokers indicate Uzmar will build 17 tugs in the first seven months of next year and Sanmar has added four newbuilding contracts to its shipyard portfolio for Q3 2019 deliveries.
BRL Shipping Consultants reported these 21 additions to the Turkish tug newbuilding orderboook in its latest report. It is anticipated that all of these tugs will be built to a Robert Allan design for an export business BRL said “is so bullish that very few of the tugs on order end up in Turkish ownership.”
“Market is so bullish that very few of the tugs on order end up in Turkish ownership”
These tugs are ordered on a speculative basis, but the shipyards should not find it difficult finding buyers. This is a bonus for engine manufacturers, particularly Caterpillar and Rolls-Royce.
According to BRL, 19 of the 21 tugs added to the orderbook will have a pair of Caterpillar engines on board and the other two will have MTU main engines.
Uzmar plans to build six harbour tugs of 463 gt, one of 496 gt and 10 of 440 gt for deliveries between February and July 2019. All will have Caterpillar 3516C engines.
Sanmar will build four harbour tugs with an overall length of 28.2 m, breadth of 12.6 m and draught of 3.75 m. These will be of Robert Allan design RAstar 2800 and have bollard pulls of 80 tonnes.
All four will be built for terminal operations and be ready by August 2019. Two will have Caterpillar 3516C engines, potentially with hybrid propulsion and generating 2,584 kW of power at 1,900 rpm.
The other two tugs will have a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M63 engines, also potentially with hybrid propulsion additions and power output of 2,720 kW at 2,000 rpm.
Sanmar has built terminal tugs for owners such as Svitzer in the past using adapted Robert Allan designs and powerful engines from Caterpillar and MTU.