Svitzer orders six tugs at Sanmar

Maersk Group towage and salvage arm Svitzer has signed contracts with Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey for the construction of six 70 tonne bollard pull RAstar 2800-E Class ASD tugs.

Svitzer says the tugs are being built to fulfil both current and upcoming new contracts, and expects the first delivery from the series in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Kasper Friis Nilaus, chief commercial officer of Svitzer, commented: “The vessels will support our ambitious growth strategy by delivering versatile, quality tugs that will give us an edge when competing for contracts particularly in the growth markets where we have several opportunities in the pipeline.”

The new vessels are terminal tugs, purpose-built for hot climates, with escort capability and accommodation space for eight crew members.

Spitzer says the new tugs are a key element in fulfilling its profitable growth strategy.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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