The four newbuildings will be 90 tonnes bollard pull RAstar 2900 SX terminal tugs with escort ability and accommodation space for eight crew members. The tugs are equipped with render/recovery winch, FIFI 1 and three are equipped with aft winch. The delivery is expected to take place in the autumn of 2018 and will service APMT’s concession for container terminal services to the port of Tanger Med 2 for a minimum period of 20 years.
The ASD design is from Robert Allan Ltd, measuring 29.4m in length with a moulded beam of 13.4 and an overall draft of 6.0m. The ASD is powered by a pair of MTU 16V4000 M73L engines, delivering 2700 KW each to the Schottel SRP 560 azimuth drives 3m propellers. The render recovery winch is supplied by Ibercisa. In addition to towage, the other services the tugs will be required to provide are: Pollution response, Fire-fighting and Salvage operations within the Port.
Two self-righting unsinkable pilot boats will also be provided together with a workshop and storage area within the Port area. In the future two more tugs and two more pilot boats may be required.
Svitzer has previously placed orders with Sanmar Shipyards for 15 ASD tugs, employed in the fulfillment of various towage contracts. Sanmar Shipyards was chosen for their outstanding safety performance, construction quality, swift delivery time and competitive price.