Sanmar of Turkey has been awarded a contract to supply two more tugs to Abu Dhabi Port’s fleet. The new Yenicay Class tugs, which will be operated by ADP’s Safeen division, will have a bollard pull rating of 30 tonnes and will service both Mussafah and Zayed ports.
The first new Sanmar-built tug, Yenicay VI, is expected to be operational within a month, while the second, Yenicay VII, should enter service in early 2018. Safeenalready operates a similar Yenicay Class tug in its fleet, which was delivered in April 2016.
The Yenicay class of compact tugs have been specifically designed to provide high performance line and ship handing capabilities typical in smaller ports and harbours in the region. In addition, with upgraded seawater cooling and HVAC they will ensure reliability and crew comfort during the extremely high ambient air and seawater conditions faced during summer months in the region.
In addition, ADP has confirmed an order for a third tug, this time with the Damen shipyard group, which has a yard in Sharjah. This will have a similar specification in terms of bollard pull and will operate at the same two ports in Abu Dhabi.
Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Marine Services Officer at Safeen, says: “We are an ambitious organisation and in the past year we have made strong strides to expand our world leading service portfolio. We are into a phase of expanding our fleet capacity and capability and the new tugs will support our ambitions to place Safeen at the centre of the marine industry.”