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.