Svitzer, a leading provider of harbour and terminal towage to the global shipping industry, has named its new ASD tug Svitzer Adira, an 80 tonne bollard pull vessel built by Sanmar at a ceremony in the port of Southampton.

SVITZER names new tug in Southampton

The naming-giving ceremony took place in relaxed surroundings on board the Princess Caroline cruising the Southampton harbour with attendance of Managing Director of Svitzer Europe Kasper Nilaus and Adira’s Godmother Andry Watermann.

“I am very excited to have been chosen as Godmother for the Svitzer Adira. I started my career in shipping and so can appreciate the importance of companies like Svitzer in keeping the world’s shipping fleet safely moving,” said Andry Watermann, Godmother of the vessel.

“A name-giving ceremony is always a special event to us. Especially this time in Southampton, a port Svitzer has served proudly for decades, I am delighted to express our dedication to our customers and to the port, not forgetting our 50 employees working hard every day to provide safe, reliable and efficient towage service to vessels calling the port," said Kasper Nilaus.


Svitzer Adira, a RAstar 2800 built by Sanmar in Turkey, will be serving the shipping industry in the port of Southampton as part of Svitzer’s fleet of five modern tugs ranging from 60-80 tbp including a variety of propulsions making it a very flexible fleet. Adira is a wonderful display of modern towage equipment matching the demands of today’s habour towage environment.

Svitzer Adira Specs:

 Length Overall (excl fendering)  28.20 metres
 Length DWL, approx.  26.13
 Breadth, moulded   12.60
 Depth, moulded  5.30
 Draft, max @ full load  5,691 metres (approx.)
 GRT   461 tons (approx.)
 Bollard Pull  80 t
 Speed (max)  13 knots
 Main Equipment:  
 Two main engines  CAT 3516 C HD, IMO Tier II
 Rating D
 2525 Kw @ 1,800rpm to match Z-drive
 and bollard pull requirements
 Two propellers  Twin 360 degree steerable Z-drive
 units welded in stern of vessel

Source: Svitzer