3. Sanmar Shipyards to build third tug in VectRA 3000 series
Sanmar Shipyards to build third tug in VectRA 3000 series

Sanmar Shipyards to build third tug in VectRA 3000 series

The third vessel in its VectRA 3000 tractor tug series is currently being constructed by the Turkish Sanmar Shipyards.


Created exclusively for Sanmar by Robert Allan Ltd, in close cooperation with the shipbuilder and Voith Turbo Propulsion, the VectRA 3000 Class Tug is a high-performance VSP Tractor tug that provides maximum efficiency in towing, harbour handling and escorting large ships.

The design is based on the proven Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) whose high reliability and performance have already been demonstrated on the other two tugs in the series.

The propulsion for tractor tugs in this series is provided by VSP type 32RV5 EC/265-2 units with an output of 2.525 kW each. The propulsion system is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C high-speed diesel engines connected to the Voith units by means of reduction gearboxes with optimized clutches. Every engine produces 2,525 kW at 1,800 rpm.

“The outstanding efficiency of the Voith Schneider Propeller minimizes performance requirements and thus reduces fuel consumption while maximizing safety for the ship and the environment,” stated Ali Gurun, Vice President at Sanmar.

The vessel is fitted with heavy duty deck equipment and fendering suitable for the assistance of the crew. Towing and ship-handling will be carried out over the stern using a high-performance, split-drum winch. Tow hooks are also installed on the aft and forward decks. The vessel hull is made of all-welded mild steel, in the shape of a double chine, the deck-house and the wheel-house are both made of steel.

VectRA series tugs are high-performance VSP tugs in tractor configuration (Voith Water Tractors), designed for maximum efficiency. With a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, the design has fire-fighting and oil recovery capabilities and is fully MLC compliant.

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