Two electric tugs 2300SX design from Sanmar Shipyards undergoing sea trials
Two electric tugs from Sanmar Shipyards undergoing sea trials. They were launched on April 8 and September 9 after being completed at Sanmar’s purpose-built shipyards in the heart of Türkiye’s maritime sector.
The new generation, environmentally-friendly tugs are based on the exclusive ElectRA 2300SX design from leading naval architects Robert Allan Ltd (RAL), and are the result of close co-operation between RAL, SAAM Towage and SANMAR at every stage of the project.
With a high level of automation in line with the operator’s needs, the compact electric tugsmeasuring 23.4m LOA, with an 11.9m beam and maximum draft of 5.5m, have an impressive bollard pull of 70 tonnes based on a battery power of 3616 kWh.
The tugs have Schottel SRP460 LE thrusters with 2,700mm diameter propellers, and can achieve a speed ahead of 11.5 knots. Their two CAT C32 back-up gen sets, each producing 940ekW at 1,800 rev/min, are IMO Tier III compliant. At full capacity, the new units will reduce 2,400 tons of greenhouse gases each year.
The signing and steel cutting ceremonies for both tugs now undergoing sea trials took place during the ITS Convention in Istanbul, in September 2022.