New Tug for SAAM SMIT Towage en Route to Canada

The fleet’s first vessel with IMO Tier III certification will operate at the LNG terminal in Prince Rupert (BC), Canada, and boasts the greatest capacity of any vessel along the west coast of that country.

Santiago, February 28, 2019. Currently en route to Prince Rupert, British Columbia (Canada), the SST Tsimshian Warrior, SAAM SMIT Towage’s newest tug, will be the first in its fleet with IMO Tier III emissions certification.

The tug left the Turkish shipyard Uzmar on its way to the port of Prince Rupert. Upon arrival, it will be the largest, most versatile tug with the greatest escort capacity along the entire western coast of Canada.

This vessel can operate in emission control areas (ECA), since its engines meet International Maritime Organization standards for nitrogen and sulfur oxide emissions.

“The vessel’s design has unique environmental features and it meets requirements for ECA areas. The teams at the shipyard, as well as our teams that supervised the design, configuration and selection of equipment during construction, put their whole heart and all their knowledge into building one of the best tugs to join our fleet,” comments Pablo Cáceres, Technical Manager of SAAM’s Towage Division.

Designed by the Canadian firm Robert Allan Ltd., the vessel will be used for maneuvers at a liquefied natural gas terminal since it features the necessary equipment for such work, like gas detection monitoring systems, explosion-proof deck equipment and an off-ship FiFi1 fire-fighting system. Another feature that stands out is its escort class classification, which allows it to perform berthing and deberthing maneuvers for LNG carriers as well as emergency towage.

Its two Cat 3516E 2525 bkW engines with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems enable it to meet environmental certification requirements.

The tug has Rolls Royce US255 CP azimuth thrusters and 83.5 tons of bollard pull at a speed of 13 knots, which provides indirect pull capacity of up to 120 tons at a speed of 10 knots.

This equipment and capacity enables the SST Tsimshian Warrior to safely perform all vessel handling functions, including berthing, deberthing and escorting under any weather conditions.

With this addition, SAAM’s tug fleet will number 153 units, consolidating it as one of the leading companies in the industry. SAAM tugs operate in 10 countries at over 70 ports in the Americas.

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