Sanmar stocks up on Rolls-Royce thrusters

Rolls-Royce will supply thrusters for 11 Sanmar built tugs (Rolls-Royce) Rolls-Royce will supply thrusters for 11 Sanmar built tugs (Rolls-Royce)

In what is described as a ‘novel supply agreement’ Sanmar Shipyards has agreed a multiple order for thrusters and winches with Rolls-Royce.

Sanmar is a shipyard that has developed a production line approach to tug construction including vessels built for stock in the knowledge they will soon attract customers. This constant stream of vessels under construction means it is important to maintain a supply of components and this order with Rolls-Royce guarantees supply of thrusters and other equipment for 21 tugs.

The scope of the order includes 42 Rolls-Royce US 205/255 azimuth thrusters for 21 harbour, terminal and escort tugs in the 60, 70 and 80 tonne bollard pull range along with high-pressure hydraulic towing winches for the 80 tonne versions. All the vessels are based on new designs developed by naval architect Robert Allan Ltd exclusively for Sanmar.

Rolls-Royce and Sanmar’s relationship spans 15 years which has seen 150 Rolls-Royce azimuthing thrusters being specified for Sanmar-built vessels. The framework agreement will see standard specification products supplied to Sanmar over a two to three-year period, it also takes into account options on the standard product specification ‘to cover specific demands and operational requirements’.

Gary Nutter, Rolls-Royce Director Customer & Propulsion said: “This new arrangement provides both parties with some significant advantages, for Rolls-Royce it provides good visibility, allowing us to optimise production. The benefits for the customer are that we can offer shorter lead times, secure production slots and the flexibility to customise the equipment in line with specific requirements. It’s a win-win arrangement for both parties.”

For Sanmar, Ali Gürün, Projects Director and member of the board said: “The current order book for Sanmar tugs lends itself to this new procurement arrangement. Rather than having to create new supply agreement for each newbuild project, this new arrangement allows to effectively have a constant supply of Rolls-Royce equipment that we can adapt to meet our customers’ requirements. This means we can potentially reduce build time and streamline the building process.”

Sanmar has a wide-ranging portfolio of tug designs and recently introduced two new additions, a 25m tractor tug incorporating a hull that can be outfitted for 60tbp or 70tbp and a 29m ASD tug of up to 90tbp

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