TOR Group will start construction of three tugs for the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) at its shipyard near Istanbul in Q1 2019.
TOR is using Robert Allan designs for the first time, and the tugs will be built to a RAstar 3300 design, Bureau Veritas class certification for unrestricted navigation and FiFi1 fire-fighting notation.
Each of the three 33-m tugs will have more than 80 tonnes of bollard pull to ensure that GPHA can manage larger ships that are expected to berth at ports in the African nation.
High-speed diesel engines and Z-drive propellers will drive the new tugs. They will each have a dedicated fire pump engine offering the required power to meet FiFi1 standards.
Deck machinery will include a hawser winch forward and a towing hook aft.
Steel cutting for the tugs is expected to begin early in January 2019 and all three are due to be delivered to GPHA before the end of 2019.
Robert Allan has supplied similar tug designs to other shipyards in Turkey, including Bogazici, Med Marine, RMK Marine, Sanmar and Uzmar.