Buksér og Berging AS, Bygg nr. 200 og 214 ved Sanmar, TRAktor 3000-Z "Bamse" og "Bob"


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Faith maintained in Turkish Shipyard

A repeat order from Buksér og Berging AS expressing the operator’s appreciation for Sanmar’s technological skills and high standard of workmanship.

Buksér og Berging AS (BuBe) , a leading Norwegian owner and operator, has reaffirmed its faith in Sanmar Shipyards by placing an order with the Turkish company for the construction and delivery of a new TRAktor 3000 Class escort terminal tug. The vessel is to be designed by the Canadian designers Robert Allan Ltd. specifically to meet BuBe’s requirements. It will be an azimuth tractor type with forward mounted Z-drives, have a length overall of 30m and a bollard pull of 75 tonnes. Delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

Powered by a twin installation of IMO Tier III engines developing a total power of around 4,500kW, the exceptionally manoeuvrable new vessel will be to ABS classification with full FİFİ1 and Escort notation. It will also be able to operate in light ice and slush conditions.

Commenting on the decision to adopt the true tractor principle for their new tug, Vetle Sverdrup, managing director of BuBe said; “ We decided to go for a new tractor design due to its improved performance in escort mode and also when working on the bow at high speeds compared to ASD designs. A tractor also offers better manoeuvrability in certain situations. The vessel will operate in Scandinavian waters on one of our contracts for escort and harbour towage.”

This is a repeat order from BuBe expressing the operator’s appreciation for Sanmar’s technological skills and high standard of workmanship: the yard had built and delivered five tugs for BuBe back in 2014 of which two were renowned as the world’s first single LNG fuelled tugs.

Added Cem Seven, MD of Sanmar: “This prestigious order confirms our belief that the current depreciation of the Turkish Lira actually is giving us much more competitive advantage in the market. The Turkish economy is enjoying a period of sustained growth and to maintain this, the Turkish Goverment is prioritising exporters and other foreign currency earners. Being one of the major ship exporters in the country , the significant foreign currency income of Sanmar is putting us into a good position.”

Buksér og Berging is a privately owned company providing marine services since 1913. It currently operates 30 vessels for harbour duties and offshore support from close to Oslo and Stavanger. Furthermore, it operates a fleet of 25 high performance pilot boats stationed at 16 pilot stations along the Norwegian coast.
I følge denne artikkelen, så har Buksér og Berging to slepebåter i bestilling ved Sanmar:

Renaissance of the tractor tug

Tug operators are falling back in love with tractor tugs, as new vessel orders show, says Martyn Wingrove

When I took over the role of editor of Tug Technology & Business in 2016, it seemed that every newbuilding tug on order had either an azimuth stern drive (ASD) propulsion system, was part of an articulated tug-barge (ATB) unit or was of a different design style, such as a Rotortug.

It seemed no one was building tractor tugs, which provide manoeuvring and docking traction for vessels lacking that ability.* They were out of fashion.

Along comes 2019, and the tractor tug is back.

It seems some tug owners have reviewed their fleets looking at demands on harbour tugboats and realised they need to order new tractor tugs instead of ASDs to balance the fleet’s performance.

Sanmar projects director Ali Gurun acknowledged the trend at this year's British Tugowners Association conference in April in Liverpool. He said Sanmar built 19 ASD tugs in 2016 and 21 in 2017, but just one tractor-type. In 2018, the business built 13 ASDs and five tractor tugs. It has orders to build at least another four tractor tugs this year, including two for Bukser og Berging in Norway, one for Rimorchiatori Riuniti in Italy and another for an unnamed owner.

Mr Gurun indicated there had been a renaissance in tractor tug newbuilding orders because owners want to see benefits in power and performance. That is not to say that these features do not accompany other tug designs, but the tractor tug has advantages over other tugs in certain harbour conditions.

According to Peel Ports, tractor-type tugs have rapid response times due to the fast pitch changing of the blades and “are excellent for dangerous operations”.**

According to another tug design expert pitch changing blades work the same on ASD’s Tractors, Rotortugs, Eddy tugs etc.

In conclusion, there has been a turnaround in tractor tug orders, and I cannot see a course reversal any time soon.

As owners make commercial decisions based on forecasts of future harbour and coastal towage requirements, some will see the need and place orders for tractor tugs, as well as other types of tug, keeping builders and designers busy into the next decade.

Kilde: Tug Technology & Business
TRAktor 3000-Z

Illustrasjon: Robert Allan Ltd
Bygg nr. på desse to er bygg nr. 200 og 214 ved Sanmar Denizcilik Makina ve Ticaret, mens IMO på dei er 9873929 og 9875915

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