Uzmar Shipyard has launched the first of two tugs it is building for Turkey’s General Directorate of Coastal Safety
The two emergency response and escort tugboats will be deployed to ensure safety in the Turkish Straits. Both are being built to Robert Allan designs with azimuth stern drive (ASD) propulsion and fire-fighting systems.
On 21 January 2021, Uzmar launched tugboat Kurtarma 13. This was built to a RAstar 3200W design with a towing capacity of 80 tonnes with two marine diesel engines driving two variable pitch azimuth propellers. Uzmar will now complete outfitting and commissioning, then sea trials of the vessel.
A second tug is scheduled to be launched by Uzmar in February. This is also being built to a RAstar 3200W model with similar performance to the first tug.
During the first tug launch, Uzmar president and chief executive Ahmet Noyan Altuğ said this construction project was a “prestige project” for the shipyard. He thanked the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure for funding to construct these tugs.
In another project, Uzmar Shipyards has almost completed a large multipurpose oil spill response and offshore support vessel for Kuwait Oil Co (KOC).
It built Al Zour as a technically advanced oil spill recovery vessel to boost emergency response in the Middle East Gulf. Al Zour has ASD propulsion and dynamic positioning (DP) with a DP (AM) notation from Lloyd’s Register. It will be a significant addition to KOC’s offshore support fleet and will protect Kuwait’s maritime waters, production installations and ports. Al Zour can also tow offshore drilling rigs and support offshore construction work and tanker loading terminals.
Uzmar built this 60-m vessel to Robert Allan’s RAmpage 6000 design in Kocaeli, Turkey. It is the largest Robert Allan-designed vessel ever to be built in Turkey. It was launched on 21 August and is scheduled to begin operations in Kuwait in Q1 2021.
Uzmar is involved, with groups in Turkey and Germany, in the Autoplan project to design, engineer and build an automatic navigation assistance system for planing and semi-planing craft, which could include fast passenger vessels and pilot boats.
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