Seaspan Marine Transportation has extended its fleet with the arrival of the first of two powerful escort tugs from Turkey
Netherlands-headquartered maritime delivery company Redwise sailed Seaspan Raptor to Vancouver, Canada, during a 12,500-nautical mile, 55-day voyage. Seaspan purchased this 24.4-m harbour tug from owner and builder Sanmar in October 2020 alongside a similar tugboat from the same fleet.
2015-built Bogacay Vlll was renamed Seaspan Raptor and mobilised from Turkey via Tenerife, St Maarten, Panama and Long Beach, California.
Before setting off from Sanmar’s Altinova Shipyard, Seaspan Raptor underwent a full docking during which modifications were made to meet both Seaspan and Canadian flag requirements.
Redwise crew reported Seaspan Raptor handled extremely well at sea in winter conditions, which included the remnants of Hurricane Iota off Honduras.
Seaspan Raptor was built to a Robert Allan RAmparts 2400SX design with 78 tonnes of bollard pull and a maximum speed of 13.5 knots. Its engines each produce 2,350 kW of power, while its tanks store 74.2 m3 of fuel.
Seaspan Raptor and its sister tug, a 2016-built Bogacay-class tug, are both rated for escort operations and fire-fighting to FiFi1 class. This second tug will be added to the Seaspan fleet in Q1 2021.
Seaspan is enhancing its towage capabilities in British Columbia in reaction to the growing Pacific Northwest maritime economy and increasing size of ships using the region’s ports. These newly acquired tugs will assist ships in harbours and terminals around Vancouver, including ultra-large container ships.
Seaspan already operates four Sanmar-built tugboats in and around Vancouver, which were delivered between 2010 and 2012.
These sister terminal-class tugs are Seaspan Raven, Eagle, Osprey and Kestrel. They were built to Robert Allan’s RAstar 2800 design with 70 tonnes of bollard pull.
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