Svitzer Team Visits Sanmar Shipyards
Members of Svitzer's management team visited both of Sanmar’s shipyards to monitor the progress of existing orders and discuss further existing contracts between the towage and emergency response firm and the Turkish shipbuilder.
Svitzer ‘s chief technical officer, Kristian Brauner, and head of group newbuilding, Esben H Grundvig, were advised by Sanmar Managing Director Cem Seven that it was business as usual at both yards.
The Svitzer team signed a new order for two 24-meter-long, 70-metric-ton bollard pull, Robert Allan Ltd, Ramparts 2400 SX design Bogacay Class ASD tugs. Both vessels are in-build at the Altinova facility to be delivered in October.
A pair of 28-meter Sanmar Terminal ASDs (RAstar 2800E design) with 80-metric-ton bollard pull are also under construction for Svitzer at the same shipyard. These larger more powerful vessels are destined for the Ichthys LNG project, located about 220 kilometers offshore Western Australia. Ichthys represents the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years.
Svitzer’s faith in the builder has already been confirmed by awarding the six tug “Silver Bullet" project, all of which will be constructed at Sanmar’s Tuzla-based shipyard. These vessels are also of the Terminal class but with 70-metric-ton bollard pull.