Turkish tugboat builder, Sanmar Shipyards has completed two new tugs for Svitzer’s European operations. It has built two new tractor tugs following Robert Allen designs for Svitzer to deploy in the UK and northern Europe.
These 25.3 m tugs have boosted the Svitzer Europe fleet up to 113 tugs. Sanmar has delivered Svitzer Vale and is en route to begin operations in the Port of London during the first week of May.
Svitzer said this new tractor tug will be replaced by the other Sanmar newbuilding, Svitzer Meridian, in July. Svitzer Vale will then be mobilised to join the vessel owning group’s Scandinavia and Germany cluster in July.
Svitzer Europe managing director Kasper Friis Nilaus said these two tugs improve the mobility of tugs operating between ports in the region. “From a business perspective, adding two tugs to the fleet will reinforce our ability to activate our fleet across ports to ensure we offer the right service in the right port,” he said.
These tug additions enable Svitzer to “optimise the utilisation of these assets” in the region to “accommodate the industry’s natural demand for mobility” said Mr Nilaus.
This has competitive advantages for Svitzer in Europe, where there is competition for port and marine services. “In the current market situation, it is crucial to both keep vessels busy and balance workloads when aiming to run a lean business,” Mr Nilaus explained.
ABS-classed Svitzer Vale and Svitzer Meridian were built this year as Delicay class tugs by Sanmar to Traktor-Z 2500SX designs. These sister tugs have bollard pulls of around 70 tonnes and maximum speeds of 12.5 knots.
They each have two Caterpillar 3516C HD main engines, each producing 2,100 kW of power at 1,600 rpm. These drive two Rolls-Royce US255 thrusters with 2,600 mm diameter propellers. In the engineroom there are also two Caterpillar C4.4 gensets producing 99 ekW at 50 Hz.
Their deck machinery includes a DMT-supplied and electrically driven, split-drum aft winch. This has a brake holding load of 187 tonnes and can haul in 25 tonnes at a speed of 9 m/min or 8 tonnes at 28 m/min.
Svitzer Vale & Svitzer Meridian particulars
Owner: Svitzer Europe.
Design: Traktor-Z 2500SX.
Length, oa: 25.3 m.
Breadth, moulded: 12 m.
Draught: 6.2 m.
Bollard pull: 70 tonnes.
Maximum speed: 12.5 knots.
Main engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3516C HD.
Thrusters: 2 x Rolls-Royce US255.