Ulupinar XVII has sailed from Tuzla to operate at Port of Mersin
Expansion of trade at the Port of Mersin on Turkey’s southern coast where Sanmar secured the harbour towage contract in 2007 has caused the company to expand its fleet. Sanmar has delivered Ulupinar XVII to join its own operation at the Port.
Sister vessels Ulupinar XI and Ulupinar XII are operating at the same port as well.
Measuring 24.40 m in length overall with a beam of 9.15 m, Ulupinar XVII is a compact and agile tugboat powered by a tried and tested propulsion system comprising a pair of Caterpillar 3512B diesels, each developing 1,650hp at 1,800 rev/min. These turn Rolls-Royce type US 155FP Z-drives with 2,000mm diameter propellers inside Kort nozzles. This configuration gives a bollard pull of 45 tonnes and a free-running speed of 13 knots.
Ulupinar XVII has one single drum aft and one split durm forward winches fitted to ensure operational versatility, one forward, the other aft – both of 100-ton brake load. A towing hook and a set of towing pins from the highly regarded local manufacturer, Data, are also fitted, together with a Palfinger deck crane and a 600m3/hr Skum fire monitor.
Of all the Ulupinar series built so far, 11 have been exported.