Propulsion system designer and manufacturer Steerprop has signed a contract with Turkish Med Marine shipyard to deliver the propulsion units for two RAscal 2100 harbour tugs designed by Robert Allan. The contract is the first for the new Steerprop T product line, especially designed for tug operations and tugbuilders’ stringent demands.
The growth of global trade and marine transport has brought about larger vessels and a need of more powerful and manoeuvrable tugs, with increased bollard pull for ship assistance and harbour operations. As evidence of Steerprop’s commitment to its customers and the changing tug market, the company has developed the Steerprop T azimuth propulsion product line. These robust and hydrodynamically efficient propulsors are able to adapt to changing configurations and versatile operations with mechanical, hybrid or electrical prime movers, while focusing on simplicity and cost-effectiveness.
”With the development of this new product family we are clearly meeting our tug customers’ demands for flexibility and value in all operations and conditions, while adapting to the shipyard’s requirements for simple and seamless integration”, says Donato Agostinelli, Sales Manager at Steerprop.
”The Steerprop T design features improved flexibility, increased modularization and scalability, while maximizing the bollard pull per engine’s power input.”
The contract with Turkish Med Marine, one of the largest tug building shipyards in the world, was signed this summer and includes equipment for two harbour tugs. The four SP 175 T propulsion units have 1.80 m propellers in nozzles and provide the power of 1080 kW per unit to deliver 35 TBP. The delivery is scheduled for January 2023.
“With the new Steerprop T product line and the support of our local partner Nemomarin, whose relationship with the customer was instrumental in making this contract happen, we are confident that we have a winning formula for the future Turkish and global tug markets”, says Donato Agostinelli.
Med Marine’s Procurement & Technical Group Manager Ertugrul Cetin comments on the contract: “We are delighted to cooperate with Steerprop on this project. We are sure that this partnership will contribute a lot to the mutual interests of both parties in developing a successful business relationship. By working together with Steerprop, we believe we are ideally positioned to meet the clients’ increased demand for Med Marine’s state of-the-art tugboats.”