Vimal Choy, Sanmar’s Director, Key Accounts and Client Services Europe responded by pointing out that this was the 21st tug built by Sanmar for Svitzer and another five were under construction in Turkey. “Svitzer Meridian, however is special in many ways. It is of the tractor concept originally developed for ship-handling due to its exceptional manoeuvrability and improved safety in close quarter operation.”Exclusively commissioned by Sanmar from the renowned Candaian tug designers, Robert Allan Ltd, the main difference between the tractor and other types of tug is the location of the propulsors. This new series has forward mounted Z-drives, whilst aft is a fixed skeg. “We have also given special care and attention to reducing noise levels for improved crew comfort,” he added.
Sanmar Shipyards, established some 40 years ago, has risen to become the leading tug builder in Turkey but with an international reputation second to none having completed more than 200 tugs which have been delivered all around the world. It prides itself on its advanced construction techniques to the highest European standards of safety and comfort. It has two custom-built tug construction yards.