Sanmar shipyards of Turkey is proud to announce the award of the most recent additions to the Abu Dhabi Port Company’s (ADPC) tug fleet. Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced the award and purchase of two new Sanmar built tugs during the SeaTrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East Exhibition and Conference (SOMWE – 26th September 2017).

The new Yenicay Class tugs – based on the same Robert Allan Ltd Rascal 1800 basic design-which are equipped with the latest technology and have a bollard pull power of 30 tonnes – will service both Mussafah Port and Zayed Port and complement Abu Dhabi Port’s existing advanced fleet. Management of these tugs falls under SAFEEN – ADPC’s marine services division.

Designated Yenicay VI and VII the first unit will be heading for it’s new home with SAFEEN within a month, whilst the second will be entering service in early 2018. Prompt delivery was key to SAFEEN awarding this work alongside Sanmar’s responsiveness and track record with SAFEEN being a key enabler. SAFEEN already successfully operate one similar Sanmar built Yenicay Class tug in its fleet – delivered in April 2016.

Yenicay VI and VII are ASD configuration with dimensions measuring 18.7m x 9.2m and utilise  Caterpillar C32 main engines each developing 969kW at 1,800 rev/min. These drive Veth VZ-900 azimuthing stern thrusters. This arrangement gives a bollard pull of 30 tonnes and a speed ahead of around 12 knots.

The Yenicay class of compact tugs have been specifically designed to provide high performance line and ship handing capabilities typical in smaller ports and harbours in the region. In addition, with upgraded seawater cooling and HVAC they will ensure reliability and crew comfort during the extremely high ambient air and seawater conditions faced during summer months in the region.

Ruchan Civgin, Commercial Director of Sanmar Shipyards commented “Sanmar are delighted to be honoured with this repeat order for 2 further Yenicay Class ASD tugs, following our first delivery of a similar unit to SAFEEN in 2016. We trust they will provide many years of reliability and service towards enhancing SAFEEN’s thriving global reputation in their field and we look forward to supporting their vision and ambitions for many years to come.”

Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Marine Services Officer at Abu Dhabi Marine Services ‘SAFEEN’, added: “We are an ambitious organisation and in the past year we have made strong strides to expand our world leading service portfolio. We are into a phase of expanding our fleet capacity and capability. This includes, among others, expanding our fleet to cater to the growth of our ports. The new tugs will support our ambitions to place SAFEEN at the centre of the marine industry.”

Sanmar, at its two custom built shipyards, continues to build from its extensive portfolio of Robert Allan Ltd designed tugboats ranging from 15 to 29m LOA, with bollard pulls spanning from 15 to 90 tonnes. Over the last 3 years, Sanmar has now delivered a total of 18 tugs and workboats to ME clients ranging from the 15m/15t BP Goksu Class to the 28m/80t BP Terminal Class.