Abu Dhabi Port’s marine services arm, Safeen, has taken delivery of another new tug, Al Jimi 1, from Sanmar Shipyards of Turkey. The operator already has two sister vessels, Al Shaeed and Al Hili 1, which were delivered by Sanmar in 2017.
These Yenicay class tugs are based on the Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) Rascal 1800 design and have been acquired to service vessels calling at both Musaffah and Zayed ports in Abu Dhabi. Although the new tugs are of a standard design, they have been modified to suit the extreme local conditions, with a hot climate package including a modified and upgraded HVAC system serving all accommodation spaces, the installation of increased insulation thicknesses and improved overall fan capacities.
Speaking on behalf of Sanmar, Gary Dockerty, Sales Director (MEA), commented: “We are delighted to be delivering the third Yenicay Class ASD tug to the Safeen fleet. We trust she will provide many years of reliable service, helping towards enhancing the operator’s thriving reputation in its field.”
The Yenicay class tugs measure 18.7m x 9.2m and utilise Caterpillar C32 main engines, each developing 969kW at 1,800 rev/min, driving Veth VZ-900 azimuthing stern thrusters. On its sea trials, Al Jimi 1 achieved a bollard pull of 32 tonnes and a speed ahead of around 12 knots.
This class of compact tugs has been specifically designed to provide high performance line and ship handling capabilities. In addition, with the upgraded seawater cooling and HVAC, the tugs are designed to ensure high levels of reliability and crew comfort during the extremely high ambient air and seawater conditions faced during summer months in the region.