A Leader In The Tug Business For 40 Years

Sanmar has been producing tugboats and providing services for numerous countries around the world for four decades. The company celebrates its 40th year anniversary in 2016. More than 170 tugboats benefiting from all this wealth of experience are presently in operation on international seas. Sanmar builds vessels at its two custom-built, state-of-the-art yards located in Turkey’s shipbuilding heartland. It delivered 17 tugboats in 2014 and thanks to the new shipyard in Altınova, 27 in 2015 and will complete construction and delivery of 26 in 2016.

Recent News

Powerful class maintains its popularity

With the successful arrival of Bedia Safi and Celal Safi in Safi Port, Derince, Turkey, some 30 Bogacay Class ASD tugs have now been delivered by Sanmar to customers worldwide. Measuring 24.4m in length with [...]

New Z-drive Tractor design TRAktor-Z 2500 SX by Robert Allan ltd. and Sanmar Shipyards

The TRAktor-Z 2500SX is the new, versatile Z-drive tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in collaboration with Sanmar Shipyards. Designed for maximum efficiency in both harbour ship handling and towing duties, this compact, under [...]

Svitzer Amstel is Named

Naming ceremony on 30th August 2016 for “Svitzer Amstel”, a new Sanmar ASD 60 tonne bollard pull tug, operating  in the Port of Amsterdam. The naming ceremony of Svitzer Amstel built [...]

  • Svitzer Team Visited Sanmar Shipyards

Svitzer Team Visited Sanmar Shipyards

Members of Svitzer's management team carried out inspection visits to both of Sanmar's modern custom-built shipyards to check on the progress of existing orders and discuss further contracts that the global market leader in towage [...]

To significantly increase the size and type of vessels it can build, Sanmar has built a new full facility shipyard at Altinova.

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HSE & Quality Management

We believe that permanent Customer Satisfaction leads to excellent work results. Sanmar sees the sustainability of production & verification processes and quality management have made possible the international success.

HSE Quality

  • Integrated Management System in “Ship Building & Tugboat Services”
  • The “Quality Everywhere” principle
  • Being “Role Model” in the sector
  • Comply with international regulations, classification rules
  • Comply with local laws and legislations
  • Producing the vessels in totally covered halls
  • Modern Design capabilities
  • Shipyards with the latest technology
  • Dynamic organizational power
  • Improving safety culture
  • Environment friendly shipyards
  • Medical Surveillance by HSE Appointed Doctors

Tug Boats


Sanmar builds tugs, workboats and pilot boats, operates tugboats and provides pilotage services. Our company has accomplished world-class projects in the field of tugboat building and plays an important role in both national and international markets. The tugs and workboats that Sanmar operates are constructed in the company’s own shipyards.

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Our company, Sanmar is dedicated to reach the highest standards in the fields of towage and pilotage services. We are the oldest tug boat company in the Turkish private sector. We have a strong fleet with an average age of less than 2 years. As a result of having up-to-date equipment and well-trained and experienced crew, Sanmar is able to provide variety of services in various Turkish ports and coastlines.



In the Sanmar shipyards, we produce excellence using our years of experience and utilize state-of-the-art technologies and innovation. We have been successfully building tugs in our custom-built Tuzla shipyard since 2011. To broaden Sanmar’s portfolio further and to meet increasing demand, we have built our second shipyard yard at Altınova, Yalova.