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Thursday, July 16, 2020 

Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards has delivered the first of three Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) designed Bigaçay class ASD tugs that will be operated by Svitzer in the Port of Sohar, Oman.

Destined for operation at the Sohar Industrial port, the tugs will be employed escorting and berthing large container ships and ValeMax bulk carriers. The Bigaçay class ASD tug is a compact variant of the RAstar series described. The design has a sponsoned hull form which is proven to provide enhanced escort towing and seakeeping performance. As well as towage, the tugs will provide fire-fighting, pollution response support and salvage operations.

Particulars of the Svitzer Sohar (BIGAÇAY V), Svitzer Shinas (BIGAÇAY VI) and Svitzer Saham (BIGAÇAY VII) are: Length overall: 29.40m; Beam, moulded, 13.3m. Draught full load: 6.13m. Bollard pull, ahead is 81.3t, and trials speed, ahead was 14 knots.

The vessel’s accommodations are compliant with MLC standards for a normal operating crew of up to eight personnel.

Main propulsion comprises a pair of Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines, each rated at 2,525kW at 1800 rpm, and each driving a Rolls Royce 255S fixed pitch Z-drive unit, in ASD configuration.

The tugs have been designed and built to ABS ✠A1, ✠AMS, ✠ABCU, Towing Vessel, Escort, Fi-Fi 1, QR, IHM, Unrestricted Service, UWILD notation.

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