Turkish shipbuilder Med Marine has completed a second ice-breaking tug for Svitzer Europe’s fleet modernisation programme
A new 30-m tug has left Med Marine’s Eregli Shipyard to conduct sea trails off the Turkish coast, just a month after Svitzer took delivery of its sister vessel.
Med Marine was contracted to build two ice-breaking harbour tugs to its MED-A3060-ICE model, which is based on Robert Allan’s TundRA 3000 design. The first of these, Svitzer Embla, was delivered to its owner in Sweden in March 2021. Now the second of these tugs, Svitzer Edda, has started sea trials before it is mobilised to Scandinavia.
Built to operate in extreme winter conditions in northern Europe, they both have a bollard pull of around 60 tonnes, hull beam of 12.6 m, draught of 5.6 m and maximum power of 3,900 kW. Their hulls can break ice in ports and inland waterways and their towing winches are able to operate over the stern and through the deckhouse. Located in an enclosed area, the winches can achieve high performance even in severe cold weather conditions.
After the sea trials are completed, Svitzer Edda is set to be delivered in May 2021, from when it will operate across Scandinavia, predominantly serving ports in Denmark and Sweden.
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