Rimorchiatori Riuniti has has acquired an azimuth tractor tug from Sanmar Shipyards to boost its operations in the port of Genoa, Italy
Sanmar built Delicay VI to an amended Robert Allan TRAktor-Z 2500SX design. This 25-m tug was upgraded, renamed Italia and deployed to provide towage services in Genoa.
It has a beam of 12 m and bollard pull of up to 70 tonnes. This comes from a pair of Caterpillar Cat 3516C engines, generating a total of 4,200 kW of propulsion power coupled to a pair of Kongsberg US 255 FP thrusters with fixed-pitch propellers.
Rimorchiatori Riuniti managing director Alberto Dellepiane said this was a return to using tractor tugs after buying azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs in the last two decades.
“This tugboat has just been delivered to us by Sanmar, marking the return of the group to tractor tug type boats, like the ones we ordered in the 1990s, before the ASD tug took hold on the market,” said Mr Dellepiane.
Italia has been modified to meet the Italian flag rules and Rimorchiatori Riuniti’s operational requirements.
Sanmar commercial director Ruchan Civgin said this deal with Rimorchiatori Riuniti is “another seal of a successful partnership that will last for many years to come”.
“Our tractor tugs are extremely efficient at manoeuvring in ports.”
Sanmar also builds ASD tugs. It is building Queensferry ASD tug for Targe Towing for operations in Scotland. This is a sister tug of Peterel, delivered in 2019.
Both are Boğaçay-class tugs, built to a Robert Allan design, with around 70 tonnes of bollard pull.
In January this year, Sanmar achieved the milestone of building its 200th tug. Boğaçay XXXVIII joined the Sanmar fleet operating in Turkey after it was built to a RAmparts 2400-SX design and ABS class.