SAAM Towage has ordered two escort tugs from a Turkish shipyard to support a new LNG terminal in El Salvador
Uzmar Shipyard in Turkey will build two 32-m azimuth stern drive tugs to Robert Allan design and Bureau Veritas class to support gas carriers on the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) project in El Salvador.
These ASD tugs will escort LNG carriers to berths at a new LNG floating storage and regasification facility at the Port of Acajutla. The EDP project will feed gas to a 378-MW power plant in El Salvador from the end of 2021.
The escort tugs will be built to a RAstar 3200W design with 75 tonnes of bollard pull, a top speed of more than 12 knots with a pair of Caterpillar main diesel engines and thrusters supplied by Kongsberg. They will also have a dedicated diesel generator and pump for a FiFi1 class fire-fighting system and escort winch supplied by DMT.
Robert Allan conducted computational fluid dynamics on the RAstar 3200W design to optimise its hullform and propulsion to manage maximum steering and braking forces during escort operations.
SAAM Towage has already received a similar escort tug for its operations in Canada. Uzmar built SAAM Tsimshian Warrior in 2019 to a RAstar 3200W design and with propulsion complying with IMO Tier III emission requirements for escorting gas tankers at the AltaGas terminal in British Columbia.