Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of 12 azimuthing thrusters to Sanmar shipyard in Turkey, with an option for an additional 30 units. The thrusters will provide propulsion for six tug units, rising to 21 if the option is exercised. Each tug has a bollard pull of 60 to 80 tonnes.
An azimuthing thruster is a propeller that can be rotated 360 degrees around its vertical axes, providing thrust in any direction, which means that it offers superior manoeuvrability. The Rolls-Royce range of azimuth thrusters is based on well proven technology with a robust construction. They are manufactured at the company’s Rauma site in Finland.
Helge Gjerde, Rolls-Royce commercial marine president, said: “Sanmar shipyard and Rolls-Royce have a long-established relationship. This year we delivered our 150th thruster to Sanmar and the announcement of this further contract extends our long standing and continued co-operation.”
Cem Seven, Sanmar board member, said: “We have accomplished world-class projects in the field of tug boat building and this year we will be breaking our construction record with a total of 25 craft. We would like to thank Rolls-Royce for its contribution to our success over many years.”
The contracted thrusters will be delivered during 2016, to be installed on vessels for European and Middle East tug operators. The deliveries from Rolls-Royce include a thruster control system.