Sanmar Shipyards of Turkey has won a contract involving 3 vessels from Port of Fujairah.

Comprising three 70 tonne bollard pull RAmparts 2400SX tugs, the order was confirmed at a signing ceremony held at Port of Fujairah in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman, Department of Industry and Economy, Government of Fujairah.

The 3 vessels will be the 16th, 17th and 18th vessels of its class.

The vessels will have Caterpillar 3516C main diesel engines, each developing 2.100 kW at 1,600 rev/min, coupled to Rolls-Royce US 255 FP type Z-drives to guaranteee 70 tonnes bollard pull ahead, and Fi-Fi 1 class notation.

Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the United Arab Emirates, approximately 70 nautical miles from the Straits of Hormuz. Initial Construction of the Port started in 1978 as part of the economic development of the UAE. Full operations commenced in 1983. Since then the Port has embarked on a continuing process of enhancement to both its facilities and its comprehensive range of functions.

Port of Fujairah is already recognised as a major international supply, distribution and trading hub for Bunkering and Oil products. The ADCOP pipeline and SPM’s have introduced an additional UAE Crude export market. The infrastructure of the Port continues to develop. Two additional berths will become operational this year and a VLCC Berth (draft 26metres) will complete by June 2016. New tugs from Sanmar are required to meet that expansion and ensure the continued efficiency of Marine services at the Port of Fujairah.