Three tugs were ordered over the past week from a Turkish shipyard for ship handling and emergency response in Turkey and Denmark
Turkey’s Directorate General of Coastal Safety contracted Uzmar Shipyard to build two escort tugboats to support ship traffic through the straits between the Black Sea and Aegean Sea.
In another deal, Uzmar signed a contract with Port of Aarhus, Denmark, to build an azimuth stern drive (ASD) harbour and emergency response tug.
For the Directorate General of Coastal Safety, Uzmar will build two 32-m long tugs to a Robert Allan RAstar 3200W design with around 80 tonnes of bollard pull.
These tugs will be used for ship rescue and escort, towage and port services, fire-fighting and stand-by duties.
The Directorate General of Coastal Safety is responsible for safety of navigation, life, property, and the environment.
Its core competencies are ship traffic services, rescue and assistance, deployment and maintenance of navigation aids, maritime communications, pilotage and towage services within Turkey’s borders.
Port of Aarhus contracted Uzmar to build a harbour tug with 65 tonnes of bollard pull and low emissions.
This 30-m tug will be built to Robert Allan RAmparts 3000 series design to replace a 40-year-old tugboat, Hermes, in Q2 2021.
With its ASD propulsion, this tug will be more environmentally friendly and more powerful than Hermes, said Uzmar customer manager Nicolai Krøyer.
He said the shipyard would build a tug that can “operate on one engine as it sails back and forth to the ship to be towed while using both engines during towing”.
Mr Krøyer continued, “it will have significantly better manoeuvrability and thus efficiency and precision in the work. It can assist the very large vessels arriving in Aarhus with great precision.”
In the future, the Port of Aarhus will be able to assist East Jutland Fire Department from the waterside with the new tugboat, as it will be delivered with a fire-fighting system.
Port of Aarhus is Denmark’s largest commercial port, with the country’s largest container terminal, which handles 65% of Denmark’s container traffic. The port handles around 66% of all Denmark’s bulk turnover. It also accommodates food and non-food products that are imported and exported to and from Denmark.
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