Sanmar has taken delivery of a new harbour tug and started building two more to handle larger container ships in Turkish ports
Sanmar builds tugs for its own fleet and for other owners. Its latest completion is Delicay Vlll, a versatile Z-drive tractor tug built to an exclusive design by Canadian naval architects Robert Allan.
The 25.3-m tug is built to a TRAktor-Z 2500SX design, which Robert Allan generated in close partnership with the Turkish tug builder. Delicay Vlll was built at Sanmar’s shipyard in Altinova with a 12-m beam and hull depth of 6.1 m.
Delicay Vlll has two 2,100-kW main diesel engines, giving it a speed ahead of around 12 knots and bollard pull of 75 tonnes, fuel oil capacity of 84 m3 and a dedicated diesel generator to power its fire-fighting system. It will join other Sanmar fleet tugs operating in Nemrut Bay in the Aegean Sea, on the west coast of Turkey, replacing Sanmar’s older tug Bogacay Xl.
Sanmar said Delicay Vlll’s wheelhouse is designed for maximum 360° visibility from the aft-based main console. Its main engine exhaust stacks have been routed to areas of natural blind spots, such as the door frame and window mullions, to reduce visibility obstructions around the wheelhouse perimeter.
Overhead windows and a rotating mast allow for overhead visibility and the ability to undertake operations under the flare of a ship. Ship handling and towing duties are performed using a double-drum winch and dual-aperture staple combination off the aft main deck.
“This state-of-the-art design was achieved through extensive physical model testing and computational fluid dynamics simulations which, coupled with the use of the latest technologies, means this small tug can achieve and often exceed the work capacity of its larger predecessors,” said Sanmar vice president Ali Gurun.
“The compact design offers owners and operators the versatility and flexibility to customise the vessel to their specific operational needs.”
Sanmar towage and pilotage services director Korhan Doruk said this tug and similar new ones are required to handle larger ships entering Turkish ports. “We are handling an increasing amount of container ship traffic and this is likely to continue in future,” said Mr Doruk.
“The tractor tug design, with two thrusters at the bow forward amidships, is ideally suited to this sort of work as it offers excellent manoeuvrability and power in all directions, a particular advantage being its ability to offer strength and power when operating sideways,” he said.
“That is why we are increasing the number of this type of tug in our fleet. Our captains are delighted with the opportunities they provide for handling very large vessels, as are our customers.”
Sanmar is working on two more tugs in this popular class – Delicay lX and Delicay Xll.
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