SAAM Towage has boosted its fleet in South America with a new harbour tug delivered in Peru
Sanmar Shipyards built Bogacay XLII at its shipyard in Turkey, renaming it Albatros after completion. This 24.4-m tug is en route to Peru where it will join SAAM Towage’s growing fleet in May or June. According to Automatic Identification System data, it is currently sailing at a speed of around 8 knots in the Mediterranean.
Albatros will join SAAM Towage tug Valkyria, which recently started operating a new service from the Port of Callao, 12 km from Lima. Both tugs will be employed assisting the berthing and unberthing of ships in the harbour.
“We are very proud and excited to introduce a high-quality tugboat with the power and size that perfectly suits the requirements for the Port of Callao and our clients operating there,” said SAAM Towage technical director, Pablo Caceres.
Sanmar built Albatros to Robert Allan’s RAmparts 2400SX design with a beam of 11.25 m. It is powered by two 2,100 kW main engines providing it with a top speed of 13 knots and 70 tonnes of bollard pull. Albatros is part of Sanmar’s Bogacay class of tugs, built for manoeuvring ships in harbours.
It has a fire-fighting pump, driven through clutched flexible coupling in front of the port side main engine, with capacity to deliver 2,700 m3/hr of water and foam.
“Our Bogacay-class tugs combine the benefits of the manoeuvrability of a compact design with the power and strength associated with a larger tug,” said Sanmar commercial director Ruchan Civgin. “We have had a lot of interest in them from operators around the world.”
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