Turkish tug builder Sanmar has launched the first in a series of multipurpose tugs designed by Robert Allan.

The tug has a length of 25.8 metres and a beam of 12 metres and Sanmar claims it can ’generate higher steering forces than most designs of similar dimensions and comes with an innovative staple design and unique ability to push, pull and manoeuvre in all directions’.


Multi-purpose TRAnsverse tug built at Sanmar Shipyards

The TRAnsverse tug has an omni-direction hull form and propulsion, steering forces over the full range of speeds and manoeuvres and a unique towing arrangement, Sanmar says.

Sanmar is a proactive member of the alternative fuels drive, saying that this vessel’s two main engines are Tier III compliant while driving two ASD fixed pitch propellers and can achieve a bollard pull of 60 tonnes. Crew capacity is six.

“We are really looking forward to deliver the tug and compare the performance of TRAnsverse design and find out with Tractor Azimuth and Tractor Voith design tugs,” said Ali Gurun, chairman of Sanmar Shipyards.  

Currently we have electric, LNG and methanol fuelled tugs as well as diesel tugs on order and these are coming TRAnsverse, ASD or Cycloidal Tractor form. We are proud to be building technologically advanced projects and being the forefront shipyard to use alternative fuels and enable our towage industry further down the road to a clean, green and sustainable future.”