Four tugs of the Tanger Med2 90-tonne BP series of fire-fighting ASD tugs for Svitzer (Svitzer Tanger, Svitzer Tetouan, Svitzer Chefchaouen, Svitzer Al Hoceima) with SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers (Photo: Sanmar Shipyards)

Four tugs of the Tanger Med2 90-tonne BP series of fire-fighting ASD tugs for Svitzer (Svitzer Tanger, Svitzer Tetouan, Svitzer Chefchaouen, Svitzer Al Hoceima) with SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers (Photo: Sanmar Shipyards)

Turkish boatbuilder Sanmar Shipyards has signed a framework agreement with Schottel  that makes the German propulsion specialist the exclusive supplier of thrusters for the Bigaçay class tugs for two years.

“The agreement puts Sanmar in a position of a contractual partner offering the latest propulsion technology with Schottel exclusively providing our shipyards with two 2,700 kW rudderpropellers type SRP 560 CP for each vessel of the Bigaçay tugboat class,” said Hakan Tunc, Head of Procurement of Sanmar.

The 90-tonne bollard pull Bigaçay class tugs are designed by Robert Allan Ltd.

The collaboration between Sanmar and Schottel dates back to 2004. Schottel’s CEO, Stefan Kaul, said, “Sanmar has placed various orders with Schottel in recent years to equip vessels with high quality propulsion systems.”

Milestone orders have included SCHOTTEL propulsion systems for the Sirapinar class ASD terminal tugs, 17 of which are already in operation, for example, for Svitzer of Denmark. Just recently, Sanmar awarded Schottel a contract for two 90-tonne BP tugboats with the SRP 560 CP configuration for the Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety.

Both companies are also in the project planning phase for fitting hybrid tugs with Schottel Rudderpropellers, Schottel said.

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