SAAM Towage has gained approval to start operating two new escort tugs at a new LNG terminal in Central America
It has flagged two tugs and received the green light to operate them at Energía del Pacífico’s new LNG terminal in El Salvador. Tugs SAAM Acaxual and SAAM Centzunat were registered during a flagging ceremony at the Port of Acajutla at the beginning of September.
El Salvador’s Maritime Port Authority has approved use of these escort tugs to support LNG carriers berthing and undocking at the terminal.
“We are pleased to officially launch our services, which are very important for this project to supply 30% of the country’s energy demand, while diversifying the energy matrix and reducing the impact on the environment,” said SAAM Towage country manager for El Salvador and Costa Rica Joaquín Dueñas.
“Furthermore, it demonstrates our commitment to the region. We are supporting this important project with high-capacity vessels operated by expert personnel at the service of their customers,” he said.
SAAM Towage ordered these escort tugs from Uzmar Shipyards in Turkey after it secured the agreement to support LNG carriers at Energía del Pacífico’s Acajutla LNG terminal. Uzmar built these azimuth stern drive tugs to Robert Allan Ltd’s RAstar 3200W design, with an overall length of 32 m and bollard pull of more than 80 tonnes.
SAAM Acaxual and SAAM Centzunat can work under dynamic traction loads of more than 135 tonnes at a speed of 10 knots. Each vessel has two CAT 3516C main diesel engines rated at 2,350 kW driving two Kongsberg US255 azimuth thrusters with fixed-pitch propellers.
They have safety features such as a remotely operated gas detection and automatic isolation system and deck machinery with explosive atmosphere certification.
SAAM Acaxual and SAAM Centzunat also have FiFi1 fire-fighting systems for fighting offship fires, certified under Bureau Veritas classification rules.