Sanmar deal will see first Tier III tugs in Italian ports

Written by Nick Blenkey
Handshake seals Tier III tugboat deal

Contract was signed by Ali Gurun, VP Sanmar (L) and Alberto Dellepiane, CEO Italy for Rimorchiatori Mediterranei

Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards has booked an order that will see it deliver two tugs to Sicily-based operator Rimorchiatori Augusta Srl that will be the first deliveries of a new cleaner, greener version of its popular Bogacay series.

The sister vessels — Bogacay LII and Bogacay LIV — feature an upgraded propulsion system that uses the latest technology to make them IMO Tier lll emissions compliant.

To be delivered to the Port of Augusta in Sicily towards the end of 2022, the 24.4 meter x 12 meter x 5.45 meter vessels will each be powered by two Caterpillar CAT 3512E C main engines, each delivering 1,901 kW at 1,800 revs/min and driving US205 FP 2.5 meter propellers, in an IMO Tier III emissions compliant installation.

Sanmar has delivered more than 45 tugs in the Bogacay series and these latest versions are also based on the exclusive-to-Sanmar RAmparts 2400SX design from Canadian naval architect firm Robert Allan Ltd, which has been revised and adapted to meet new demands and developing technology.

The vessels can achieve an impressive 60 tonnes of bollard pull and have a top speed of 12.5 knots. The fire-fighting pump is driven through a clutched flexible coupling in front of the port side main engine and has a capacity of 2.700 cu.m/hour. Tank capacities include 77,900 liters of fuel oil and 11,500 liters of freshwater.

Accommodations meeting MLC 2006 standards are provided for up to six crew, with the master’s cabin above deck along with a mess/lounge and galley and WC with shower. Below deck are the chief engineer’s cabin and two double cabins, a WC with shower, and laundry. All accommodation space is heated, vented and air-conditioned.

Rimorchiatori Augusta Srl is part of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti group which operates towage services at ports throughout Italy. Sanmar has previously delivered four other tugs to the group.

“This is not only a significant contract for us, it is also a significant advance in the ongoing development of the extremely popular RAmparts 2400SX class of tugs,” said Sanmar VP Ali Gurun. “Improving the environmental credentials of our tugs through technological advance and state-of-the-art design is extremely important for all of us at Sanmar. We are delighted that Rimorchiatori Augusta Srl has again chosen Sanmar to provide the powerful, cost-effective and environmentally-conscious tugs they need to meet their specific operational demands.”

Alberto Dellepiane CEO Italy for Rimorchiatori Mediterranei said: “We are pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Sanmar Shipyards of which we appreciate the reliability and excellence in tug-building. With those two new vessels we not only improve the quality of our fleet operating in Sicily but also contribute to reduce our environmental footprint using a proven technology in an ever-increasing drive towards greenification.”

Bogacay LII and Bogacy LIV will be classed by RINA with the notations: C ✠TUG, Escort, ✠AUT-UMS, Fire Fighting Ship 1 with water spray, Oil Recovery Ship – Flash Point > 60 deg C, INWATERSURVEY, UNRESTRICTED SERVICE

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