• 2018 November 17 18:29

    Sanmar delivers Robert Allan-designed new tractor tug Svitzer Meridian

    Turkey’s leading tug builder Sanmar Shipyard reports it has delivered the third version of its new Robert Allan Ltd designed series, the Traktor-Z 2500SX– Delicay Class. The new vessel, planned for deployment in London with the name Svitzer Meridian, has a full FiFi 1 notation powered by a dedicated Cat C32 diesel engine and has been built to meet Svitzer’s so-called ‘LNG Philosophy’ which involves extra crew protection measures in the event of the presence of LNG originating from an LNG tanker or terminal. This second sister vessel of the series, Svitzer Vale was  also delivered to Svitzer. The first boat of this class went directly to New Zealand.

    The tractor tug was originally developed mainly for ship-handling due to its exceptional manoeuvrability and safety in operation and is preferred by many experienced operators. For this reason, Sanmar started building the model on ‘spec’ and their confidence has been rewarded as all the first batch are now sold. The main difference between the tractor and ASD type of tug is the location of the propulsors. This new series has forward mounted Z-Drives, whilst aft is a fixed skeg.

    Both Svitzer Vale and Svitzer Meridian measure a compact 25.3m x 12.0m and have a bollard pull of 70 tonnes from a power plant which comprises twin Caterpillar engines coupled to Rolls-Royce Z-drives. Accommodation is up to Sanmar’s usual impeccably high standards for six persons. All cabins have en suite facilities and the mess, lounge and galley are intelligently laid out to European standards of comfort and quality. Throughout the accommodation and wheelhouse there is heating, ventilation and air-conditioning by central HVAC system. All accommodation is above the waterline.

    This is the first series to be fitted with the Robert Allan Limited developed StRAke Wake Stabilisers. The result of much research and development by senior naval architects at RAL, these unique devices mounted at the stern of a tractor tug are very effective in damping out oscillatory motion across the entire speed range. Simple and cost effective, the devices show no negative effect on performance, ahead or astern.

    However, the upgraded dedicated diesel driven FiFi system, by FFS, to full FiFi1 notation and the LNG incident protection makes Svitzer Meridian stand out from its sisters. The latter includes a LNG detection system to protect the crew and facilitate operational shut down upon decision of the Master, in the presence of LNG. In case of a LNG warning, it shall be possible to close the ventilation fire dampers to protect the interior against LNG ingress and recirculate the air. A dedicated over-pressure citadel is appointed in the wheelhouse.




2019 February 19

18:03 San Vicente Terminal Internacional receives two state-of-the-art cranes to enhance operations
17:50 Throughput of port Kavkaz in Jan’2019 fell by 8% Y-o-Y to 1.82 million tonnes
17:26 Moody´s upgrades Hapag-Lloyd credit rating to B1
17:03 Jan De Nul and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh enter into agreement for the development and dredging of access channels, turning basins, anchorages and berthing areas
16:29 TMA Logistics, CTU and VCL join forces to establish Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam-Corridor
16:21 NIBULON shipbuilders finish constructing a series of POSS-115 Project tugs
16:03 MOL conducts underwater drone demonstration test for vessel bottom inspection
15:25 Wärtsilä’s propeller cap EnergoProFin listed in EcoAction Program
15:02 ICTSI's Matadi Gateway Terminal unlocks shipping system benefits
14:40 2nd conference on transportation of dangerous cargoes to address application of IMDG Code and ADR Agreement in Russia
14:02 Havyard to deliver ship design for further two cargo vessels for Royal Arctic Line
13:33 Ecochlor announces BWMS retrofit contract with Alaskan Tanker Company
13:02 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Navigare
12:30 Gas4Sea partners and Equinor signed an LNG bunkering agreement
12:24 Social allocations of Multipurpose Reloading Complex grew by 22% YoY to RUB 3.8 million in 2018
12:01 Rail traffic at the Port of Gothenburg up to 398,000 TEUs in 2018
11:43 International best practices are introduced at ASCO to protect sailors health
11:41 Port of Hamburg sets record for seaport-hinterland rail traffic in 2018
11:39 IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week
11:18 Concordia Damen celebrates naming of innovative Sendo Liner
11:15 ASCO hosted a training course for instructors
10:47 24 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 18-19
10:22 ABP bolsters business with paper company joining Port of Hull
09:58 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.42% to $66.22, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $56.19
09:40 BIMCO demands 4th IMO GHG Study based on realistic economic growth
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 643 points

2019 February 18

18:06 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
17:36 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:41 MAN Energy Solutions launches new TCT turbocharger series
16:26 VSC receives positive conclusion of state environmental expertise
16:02 Herbert-ABS releases HECSTAB Offshore
15:31 PPR 6 preview: IBIA working for sensible 2020 solutions at IMO meeting
15:02 Suez Canal extends its dry bulk vessels tolls reduction
14:43 Gazprom and Almaz-Antey Corporation sign contract for batch manufacturing of subsea production equipment
14:20 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 15,842 in RF spot market
14:02 MOL Chemical Tankers acquires 20% share of Dutch tank container company Den Hartogh
13:39 2nd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress to gather over 200 Russian and foreign participants
13:15 ONE unveils enhanced intra-Asia Japan service network for 2019
12:51 Nakhodka Trade Sea Port and Damen sign contract on delivery of tug by summer 2019
12:18 33 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 17-18
11:53 World Maritime University signs MoU with Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies
11:30 Coastal fish assessments to continue in Baltic Sea with renewed HELCOM project
11:07 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on ultra-luxury cruise ship "Silver Moon"
10:55 Finnpilot Pilotage amendments its service terms during validity of winter assistance restrictions
10:26 ASCO is interested in cooperation with prominent shipping companies
10:07 Diana Shipping announces the sale of two Panamax dry bulk vessels and time charter contracts for m/v Crystalia and m/v Maera with Glencore
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.17% to $66.36, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.45% to $56.23
09:21 Baltic Dry Index is up to 639 points
09:07 Panama Canal Board of Directors appoints new Canal Administrator and Deputy Administrator
08:07 IMO conducts training course to enhance maritime security in Kenya
07:32 Valencia hosts first internal technical meeting of European project “H2PORTS - Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports”

2019 February 17

16:59 Coast Guard responds to vessel fire near Rockport, Texas
15:09 Kleven Shipyard delivers to Maersk the AHTS Maersk Maker
14:33 Danube high-speed low-wash ferry offers new level of efficiency and reliability
13:21 Interorient Marine Services Ltd. convicted and sentenced for oil discharge
12:39 USCG assists in rescue of five people from sunken vessel near Dutch Harbor
11:01 European ports welcome agreement on the European Maritime Single Window environment

2019 February 16

16:15 Ribbon-cutting kicks off ICTSI´s Batumi terminal expansion project
14:42 Höegh’s RoRo solution chosen for 112MT Transformer shipment