Italian owner orders ASD tug at Med Marine

Written by Nick Blenkey
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As well as building A2575 design tugs, Med Marine operates them in its own fleet

In what could be called a “signing of the times,” a contract for a new tugboat placed last week with Turkish shipbuilder and tug operator Med Marine by Italian operator Somat S.p.A., part of the Cafimar Group, was inked remotely.

The contract covers construction of a MED-A2575 model tug for delivery by the end of this year.

The MED-A2575 is a RAmparts 2500W series design series by Robert Allan Ltd. and is a versatile ASD tug suitable for ship-handling, coastal towing, general purpose or escort duties.

After being in the sector for more than 25 years as an operator and builder, Med Marine shared its own expertise and knowledge with Robert Allan during the design stage of the MED-A2575. It has already built and delivered eight tugs of the design, with different main engine and propulsion profiles, and is also operating them in its ownfleet in Turkey.

Once delivered, the tug just ordered by Somat (Hull Name: EREGLI 83) will operate in Sicily.

Melis Üçüncü, Sales Manager from Med Marine said “We are pleased with this new contract from Somat S.p.A. and appreciate their trust in Med Marine especially during these difficult times affecting all sectors on a global scale. We have a very strong expertise in building tug boats including MED-A2575 models as we not only build and deliver them internationally but also operate them in our national fleet. Italy is a location that we are well up on. Therefore, we know that ER83 is a perfect match for Somat S.p.A.”

“We are very happy to increase our fleet with a MED-A2575 tugboat; this addition allows Somat S.p.A. to offer its services in Sicily with greater versatility. Med Marine met our requirement in a very prompt manner,” said Alessandro Russo, CEO of Cafimar. The tugboat’s general specifications include:

  • Length: O.A. 25.20 meters
  • Beam: 12 meters
  • Depth: 4.60 meters
  • Bollard Pull: 70 tons
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Main Engine: 2 X Cat 3516C 2,100 kW @1,600 RPM
  • Propeller: Rolls Royce (Kongsberg) US255SP30 FP
  • Fore Towing Winch: THR Marine (Sec)
  • Generator Set: 2 X Cat C4.4 99 ekW @ 1,500 RPM, 50 Hz
  • Fifi E System: 1 X 1,400 cu.m/h. Pump, 2 X Foam/Water Monitor
  • Accommodations: 7 persons
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