M/T LOMAX delivered to Østensjø Rederi
Working in Harmony
On 19th January 2013, Sanmar held a special re-naming and delivery ceremony at its custom-built construction facility located near Istanbul to mark the hand-over of a brand new, high-spec, fire-fighting terminal tug to the leading Norwegian operator, Østensjø Rederi.
The 80-tonne bollard pull vessel departed Turkey for Norway just a couple of days later in the capable hands of a delivery crew from TOS (Transport & Offshore Services).
Originally named Sanmar Terminal VII during the construction phase to comply with Turkish regulations, the Robert Allen limited design is now named Lomax to match Østensjø’s other tugs which all have names ending in an ‘x’. It is the 95th tug built by Sanmar.
Accepting the vessel on behalf of Østensjø, CEO Johan Rokstad said: “We are happy to be in Turkey for the second time. Since 2006, we have a very good relationship with Sanmar. We have taken delivery of high quality, state-of-the-art vessels.” He concluded by hoping that the two companies would continue working together in the future.
In response, Sanmar’s project director, Ali Gurun, said: “We have worked together with Østensjø in great harmony. I always mention that Turkey is amongst the top three nations involved in the construction of high quality tugboats. Now, in addition, I can proudly say that Sanmar has reached the apex in terms of respecting the environment and with our carefully selected business partners, highly qualified employees and talented engineers, we can construct any kind of vessel.”
LOMAX – Meeting the quality requirements of the most discerning
Østensjø is renowned for insisting on the highest standards of fit-out aboard its tugs. It is discerning enough to only use those tug builders that it knows can provide the high quality of finish to which its crews have become accustomed.
Lomax is Sanmar’s enhanced version of Robert Allan Limited’s RAstar 2800 ASD which the builder designates its Terminal Class. It measure 28.00m x 12.60m with an extreme draft of 4.97m and built to ABS classification with notation that includes A1 Escort Vessel, FiFi 1 and Unrestricted Service.
Power is provided by a pair of Caterpillar 3516Cs, each developing 2,350kW at 1,800rev/min. These turn Rolls-Royce type US 255 Z-drives with 2,800mm four-bladed, fixed pitch propellers. Auxiliary power is supplied by a pair of 150kW Caterpillar C9 generator sets. The vessel achieves a bollard pull in the region of 80 tonnes with a free-running speed of 13 knots.
The winches fitted to the vessel are also by Rolls-Royce. Forward is a unit capable of dynamic self-tensioning up to 80 tons for escort operations whilst aft is a single drum towing winch having a brake load of 170 tons. Other deck items include a Palfinger knuckle boom crane, Triplex towing pins and a stern roller. The vessel is fully fendered by Trelleborg components.
Lomax has an exceptionally high standard of fully air-conditioned accommodation for a total of six persons – two single officer cabins and two twin crew cabins. The sanitary spaces all have heated floors. The electronics fitout in wheelhouse is also particularly comprehensive with GMDSS A3, Fleet 250, Remote operated VHF’s, Radar, GPS, Chart Plotter, DGPS Compass, Magnetic Compass,Auto Pilot, Echo Sounder, AIS, Speed Log, Bridge Watch Alarm, Independent General Alarm System from such leading manufacturers as Furuno, Jotron, Alphatron and Kongsberg.