Sanmar Shipyards has reported a record year of all times of delivery of 30 tugs during 2020.

13 of these were for overseas clients with 10 more delivered to Turkish tugboat operators.  7 of these joined to Sanmar’s  own fleet.

Overseas operators from UK, Canada, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Oman, Seychelles, UAE and Panama took delivery of Sanmar-built tugs during 2020, while four domestic operators added Sanmar-built assets to their fleet.

Tug deliveries during 2020 included both repeat orders from existing clients and orders from customers new to Sanmar. The vessels were all designed by world renowned Vancouver headquartered naval architects Robert Allan Ltd, and range from 30 to 85 tonne bollard pull tugs.

Sanmar builds technologically advanced tugs at its modern state-of-the-art purpose-built Shipyards at Tuzla and Altinova in Turkey.

The tugs vary from 18 to 32 meters and based on RAscal 1800, RAmparts 2200SX, 2400SX, TRAktor 2500SX, RAstar 2800E, RAstar 2900SX and RAstar 3200SX as well as smaller power and sized twin screw conventional RApport 1900SX.

Total bollard pull of delivered tugs is just under 1700 metric tons.

Ali Gurun, Vice President of Sanmar, said: “The year 2020 has been like none other in living memory. The pandemic has impacted on all our lives. It has brought heartbreak and loss for many and dramatically changed the way we all live our lives. At Sanmar we have gone to great lengths to ensure that our work can continue, with the safety of our team a top priority. I would like to thank everyone at Sanmar who has worked so hard and been so flexible to enable us to achieve this remarkable success.”

He continued: “I am always delighted when existing customers return to Sanmar. It shows that they have had good experiences with our tugs and our after-sale services. It is also, of course, gratifying to welcome new friends and start new long-term business relationships.

We are looking forward to another successful year in 2021, when hopefully the Covid-19 crisis will ease and we can get back to at least near normal. These are exciting times for our industry, with rapid technological advances being achieved in the design, performance and efficiency of tugs. At Sanmar we are proud to be at the forefront of these advances.”