A quartet of Sanmar’s very powerful latest development, the Bigaçay Series of fire-fighting ASDs, designed exclusively for Turkey’s leading tug builder by Robert Allan Ltd (and designated by them as the RAstar 2900 SX) are on their way in convoy across the Mediterranean to North Africa and the Kingdom of Morocco to form the nucleus of Svitzer’s fleet at the Tanger Med 2 terminal. The four boats, the first in a newly launched series, are claimed by Sanmar’s project director, Ali Gürün, to be the most powerful to serve in the Mediterranean Sea region.
Svitzer Tanger, Svitzer Tetouan, Svitzer Chefchaouen and Svitzer Al Hoceima all measure 29.4m LOA with a beam of 13.3m and attain a bollard pull ahead in excess of 90 tonnes and a free-running speed of around 14½ knots. The propulsion plant consists of a pair of 2700kW MTU engines turning Schottel SRP560 CP Rudder propellers giving high performance yet still inside a relatively compact hull. Knut Müller, head of the marine and government business division at MTU, said: “This is the first time high-speed engines have been used to power harbour tugs in this power class. To date, it has only been possible to use medium-speed engines for harbour tugs with a bollard pull of over 85 tonnes. Electrical power is supplied by two 99ekW Caterpillar C4.4 generator sets.”