Two tugboats were purchased by the Italian business Rimorchiatori Augusta from Turkish tugboat manufacturer Sanmar Shipyards.
The first tugs operating in Italian ports that comply with IMO Tier III emissions regulations are Sanmar’s new RAmparts 2400SX MKII series of tugs.
The tugs, formerly known as Bogacay LII and Bogacay LIV while docked at Sanmar, have been renamed CITTA DI AUGUSTA and CITTA DI SIRACUSA by their new owners, respectively.
In 2022, Sanmar delivered a fantastic total of 30 tugboats to operators in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, South and Central America, and domestic customers in Turkey.
These tugboats were constructed at its purpose-built shipyards in Altinova and Tuzla. It previously gave the Rimorchiatori Riuniti group the tugs TURCHIA in 2014, CITTA DI SALERNO in 2017, ARECHI, and ITALIA in 2020.
Both CITTA DI AUGUSTA and CITTA DI SIRACUSA are seagoing ships with bollard pulls of more than 60 tons and a free running speed of 12 knots. They both measure 24.4 LOA, have a molded beam of 12 meters, and the least molded depth of 4.5 meters.
The tugs, which can carry a crew of up to six persons, are propelled by two IMO Tier III compliant, high-speed, electronically controlled CAT 3512E main engines, each generating 1901kW at 1.800 rev/min and powers standard US 205 FP 360-degree azimuthing thrusters.
With their primary fire pumps operated through a clutched flexible coupling in front of the port side main engine, CITTA DI AUGUSTA and CITTA DI SIRACUSA are equipped with Fi-Fi 1 firefighting capabilities. 11.500 liters of fresh water and 77.900 liters of fuel oil are both tank capacities.
Ali Gurun, Chairman of Sanmar Shipyards, said: “2022 was a good year for us with 30 deliveries to both new and returning customers. In 2023 our focus will continue to be improving the environmental credentials of our tugs through technological advance and state-of-the-art design.”
“This latest version of the popular Bogacay class tugs achieves a new level of low-emission, low environmental impact tugboat operation. We are delighted that Rimorchiatori Augusta has again chosen Sanmar to provide the powerful, cost-effective, and environmentally-conscious tugs they need to meet their specific operational demands,” Gurun concluded.
Sanmar Shipyards delivered two tugboats to SMS Towage, a British towing company, in November of last year.
In the final week of 2022, Sanmar delivered two more: BOZCAY VI, which was sold to Turkish operator Yalpaş and renamed YALOVA 5, and YENICAY XVI, a slight 32-ton bollard pull tug. BOZCAY VI was sold to Turkish operator Marintug.
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