NOVEMBER 15 2018- Launching ceremony for Rastlar 3200w class escort tug Uzmar Shipyard/Kocaeli-Turkey
The Rastar3200w tug built at Uzmar Shipyard for SST Canada has been launched today at Uzmar Shipyard with the presence of Eng. Noyan Altuğ, CEO of Uzmar and representatives from Boskalis and Robert Allan Inc.
The tugboat, the Rastar3200W class, which was built by Uzmar Shipyard, was launched on November 15, 2018 at the Uzmar Shipyard in Kocaeli.
At the ceremony Uzmar's Ceo Eng. Mr. Noyan Altuğ, Bram de Feijter from Boskalis, Mr. Abraham Richard Van Der Windt from Smit Tugs and Mr. Michael S. Fitzpatrick from Robert Allan Inc. delivered speeches after which the newbuilt tug met with water.
After the ceremony, Noyan Altuğ, spoke to the DenizTV, Turkish maritime news channel. Altug said: " This tugboat, which is to be delivered to Canada, is the first Tier 3 tugboat in Europe. We are a towage company, we are a leading company in our field.After that, our exports will continue to increase and we have to work more and more in our international markets due to the economic situation of our country and to increase our exportation. We are very happy to do this."
First in Europe, the first in Canada
This state of the art tug will be capable of safely performing all ship-handling roles, including berthing, unberthing, and escort duties, including in heavier weather conditions. The tug will also be fully equipped for terminal standby roles with a Fi-Fi 1 external fire-fighting system, and a towing equipment package suitable for rescue towing missions.
The new tug is designed to meet a stringent set of performance requirements that were carefully identified and verified by multiple real-time full mission bridge simulations in collaboration with British Columbia Coast Pilots, Pacific Maritime Institute, Towing Solutions Inc., Lantec Marine Inc., Robert Allan Ltd. and SST Canada. These requirements include a bollard pull of 80+ tonnes and indirect escort forces of up to 120 tonnes at 10 knots. Other principal particulars of the new RAstar 3200-Winclude:
- Length, overall: 32.0 m
- Beam moulded: 13.2 m
- Depth, least moulded: 5.5 m
- Tonnage, gross registered: 499 GRT
- Fuel: 199 m3
- Fresh water: 40 m3
As a custom design for SST Canada’s operations, the forward fendering system has been designed to be “extra-soft” in order to reduce contact pressures on vessels that the tug may assist. A folding mast on the wheelhouse top will reduce the possibility of contact with other assisted vessels with large bow flares, such as the container ships. Also important to SST Canada’s operations is the integration of numerous safety features for future operations at gas terminals proposed on the BC Coast, including a gas detection and alarm system, explosion-proof deck equipment, remotely controlled ventilation, and other isolation controls.
This tug will also be the first in Canada to feature an IMO Tier III emissions-compliant propulsion and exhaust system. As a result, it is also expected to become one of the most emissions-friendly vessels of its type in the world when it enters service. Additional CLEANSHIP and GREEN PASSPORT notations from Bureau Veritas (BV) also help this tug stand out with superior environmental performance and reduced ecological footprint.
The tug’s full classification notation is as follows:
- BV 1 ✠ Hull, ●Mach, Escort Tug, Fire-Fighting 1 Waterspraying, AUT-UMS, In Water Survey, Cleanship, Green Passport
Production design of the tug is already well underway at UZMAR SHIPYARD. Delivery of the tug ex-Turkey is expected within 15 months, with delivery to British Columbia shortly thereafter. As the first Robert Allan Ltd. designed tug for SST Canada, all parties are eagerly looking forward to the delivery of what is sure to be a well-built tug that will significantly increase towing and escort capabilities for marine safety on Canada’s West Coast.