Sanmar Shipyards is delighted to announce that the first two tugs in a five tug order with Svitzer for ongoing operations in Oman have recently completed delivery and mobilisation to the Port of Sohar, with the remaining deliveries expected soon.
Just over a year ago Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC awarded Svitzer, the world’s leading tug operator, a contract renewal for marine services at the Port of Sohar in Oman. The renewal of this 15 year contract required a fleet development plan to provide the next generation of fit for purpose and highest safety standard vessels.
For these tugs Svitzer again returned to Sanmar Shipyards, Turkey’s world renowned tug building specialist, following Svitzer’s successful commissioning and operation of four 29m Sanmar-built (“Bigacay” Class) tugs to a brand new design for the Tanger Med 2 terminal in Morocco.
Leonardo Sonzio, Svitzer COO said at the time: “During the tender phase for Sohar Port and Freezone, Sanmar understood very well both the port’s and Svitzer’s requirements and was able to specify a reliable and cost effective solution, supporting our ambition to deliver safe and efficient towage services to our clients. Also, Sanmar’s track record in building high quality tugs and their ability to deliver on time positively contributed to the decision.”
The order consists of five azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs from the Sanmar portfolio. Three “Bigacay” Class, designated by the designer Robert Allan Ltd. as the RAstar 2900SX and two “Sirapinar” Class, designated by the designer as RAmparts 2200; another relatively new design but which is rapidly gaining favour. The Sirapinar class tugs were delivered on their own keels to the Port of Sohar on February 14, 2020 and commissioned on site shortly thereafter.
“Sanmar handled the delivery with their own in-house delivery crew from Turkey to Oman through the Suez canal. The delivery was seamless and every part was handled very professionally by Sanmar from start to finish. The delivery was on time and most importantly done safely” said Peter Rosewall – Svitzer Port Manager, Sohar. Svitzer’s Sirapinar class measure 22.40m x 10.85m coupled with an extreme draft of 4.5m. Achieving a free running speed of 12 knots, they are powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512C main engines providing 2x1500Kw and paired with Schottel SRP 1012 azimuthing thrusters, bollard pull at trials was in excess of the guaranteed 50 tonnes. Designed for maximum efficiency and manoeuvrability in the performance of ship-handling duties for sea going ships, the hull form and layout have evolved over several years through the extensive experience of the designers at Robert Allan Ltd and the engineers at Sanmar, working with reputed tug owning clients such as Svitzer and their crews in developing truly high performance tugs.
Sanmar Vice President Ali Gurun said, “The Sohar boats represent a very good example of Sanmar’s customization of an otherwise standard design. Two exceptionally successful Robert Allan Ltd. exclusive designs that have been modified by our design and engineering teams in-house to suit Sohar’s challenging requirements within a very tight budget constraint.”
The other part of the order comprises three larger and more powerful Bigacay class ASDs providing a healthy 80 tonnes bollard pull with a high standard of machinery automation. Significant attention has been paid to maximizing crew safety and comfort, minimizing noise vibration, and reducing the overall environmental impact of the vessel.
With dimensions of 29.40m x 13.30m, the Bigacay is an exclusive model, the result of close cooperation between Robert Allan Ltd and Sanmar and in this case Svitzer, in customising the model for operations in Oman. A variant of the well sought after RAstar range, the Bigacay series has been developed to give high performance whilst still remaining relatively compact. They are equipped for operations over the bow and stern, with a powerful escort winch forward for escorting and ship-handling operations and a tow-hook aft for emergency towing.
Jacob Bac, Deputy Harbour Master at Port of Sohar commented “The Svitzer Liwa and Svitzer Barka bring a whole new level of towage to Sohar port. With their sharp handling and manoeuvrability along with their instant power and good looks, they certainly are a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to welcoming the Bigacay class tugs to Sohar in the near future.”
A massive fire broke out at the Port of Beirut on Thursday, incinerating a warehouse full of tires and oil within the port’s free zone. The same area was heavily damaged in the ammonium nitrate explosion that leveled the central port area and the adjacent waterfront on August 4. According to Lebanon’s civil defense agency, […]
Over the course of the past five days, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority arranged a medical intervention for an injured aboard a freighter in the Indian Ocean. On Saturday evening, the Spliethoff tweendecker Dolfijngracht called for assistance while under way about 1,000 nauical miles off the coast of Western Australia. A crewmember had sustained serious […]
The naval forces of the US and Bahrain recently staged a joint force training exercise which showcased the interoperability between coalition warships operating I the Arabian Gulf. Coalition Task Force Sentinel executed combined exercise Sentinel Shield supporting Sentry and Sentinel patrols in the coalition’s area of operations. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and […]
With close to 100 daily cargo flights operated to a destination network spanning more than 65 cities across six continents, Emirates SkyCargo is delivering essential supplies and commodities to people around the world. The air cargo carrier is currently operating 11 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, each with a capacity to transport about 100 tonnes of […]
DSV Belgium has solid experience in the transport of pharmaceutical products for different customers. With a pharma hub based at Brussels Airport a lot of experience and know-how has been built up over the years. Last weekend, the forwarder handled one hundred million mouth masks, an important milestone for its Belgian organisation that has put […]
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a Marine Accident Brief about an accident that occurred on April 15, 2019, involving the towing vessel DeJeanne Maria which struck the end of a submerged dredge pipeline while pushing two spud barges to the Gulf of Mexico. The incident occurred on the Mississippi River in Pass […]
Best known as a leading passenger airport serving Germany’s most populated federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf has become transformed into a vital distribution point, during the COVID 19 pandemic, for medical equipment and other life-saving goods, mostly from China. Gerton Hulsman, managing director of cargo operations, reports that the handling teams are working hard to […]
Astral Aviation has increased its intra-African network with cargo freighters during the pandemic. While there has been a reduction in capacity to, from, and within Africa, which has been caused by a stoppage of passenger flights and limited frequencies on freighter aircraft, Astral Aviation continues to operate cargo freighters from its Nairobi hub to 13 destinations […]
The UK government’s new post-Brexit tariff regime will result in both winners and losers. The new regime is set to replace the European Union’s Common External Tariff from the end of the Brexit Transition Period on December 31, 2020. The UK’s commitment to the ongoing Brexit process and ending the UK’s transition from EU membership […]
Global commercial aviation charter company Albion Aviation Group is reporting that it is seeing a considerable uptake in its professional cargo broker training courses from the current global pandemic crisis and surge in charter demand. “We have completed a number webinar courses for a whole of host of companies, looking to manage their own cargo […]
The U-Freight Group (UFL), with its considerable involvement in eCommerce logistics, says that the latest statistics showing that global e-commerce sales hit $25.6 trillion in 2018 are a further vindication of its decision to enter this sector of the international freight market several years ago. The latest available estimates, up 8% from 2017, were recently […]
Operators can continue to use pilots and other crew members who have unable to comply with certain training, recent experience, testing, and checking requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak in support of essential operations. Additionally, this Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) provides regulatory relief to certain persons and pilot schools unable to meet duration and […]
Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its weekly scheduled cargo flight operations to cover 75 destinations across six continents. Through its wider reach, Emirates SkyCargo is able to transport essential commodities and other urgently needed cargo more rapidly across the world, allowing exporters and importers across markets to benefit from direct access to widebody cargo capacity. Some […]
Callan Marine is serving as the prime contractor to the Texas Department of Transportation for a maintenance dredging project located at the Bolivar Ferry Terminal, in Galveston, Texas. Work began in May and is estimated to be complete in late July 2020. The project consists of the removal of 600,000 cubic yards of material and […]
Network Airline Management and TAAG Angola Airlines are pleased to announce the renewal of their long-term freighter aircraft contract by an additional 12 months, sealing an ongoing partnership for the foreseeable future. Operating a regular weekly scheduled service from Liege, Belgium, to the capital of Angola, Luanda, Network Airline Management provides a Boeing 747-400F aircraft […]
Qatar Airways Cargo transported 56 SkyCell containers with vaccines from one of the largest vaccine manufacturers worldwide on its scheduled freighter and belly-hold cargo flights for its customer, CEVA Logistics. The 54-tonne shipment consisting of pneumococcal and varicella vaccines were flown from Brussels to Mumbai via the carrier’s hub in Doha on two separate flights. […]