Sanmar built the world’s first LNG tugboat and the first autonomous vessel, which is the first hydraulic hybrid tugboat. Boğaçay XXXVIII appointed environmental tug, will join the Turkish fleet, and serve in Izmit.
The Sanmar shipyard in Yalova, one of the world’s leading Tugboat manufacturers, has innovated. Having built the world’s first LNG tug and the industry’s first autonomous vessel Sanmar has produced the first hydraulic hybrid tug with Advanced Variable Drive (AVD) technology. Sanmar launched Boğaçay XXXVIII on Saturday with a ceremony attended by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Cahit Turhan. The ship built at the shipyard Altınova will serve in the Turkish naval fleet.
The AVD system is defined as a fully integrated propulsion solution that allows the propeller speed to be adjusted independently of the speed of the ship’s diesel engines. Meanwhile, the tug’s floral designs emphasizing environmentalism were inspired by the famous artist Andy Warhol’s work “Flowers.” Sanmar, which has built 200 tugs in its Tuzla and Yalova shipyards, exports 75% of its production. The Sanmar shipyard, one of the world’s leading tugboat manufacturers, has also built the first LNG-powered tug and the first autonomous vessel.
The yard has also manufactured the first hybrid hydraulic tug with Advanced Variable Drive (AVD) technology. AVD is defined as a fully integrated propulsion solution that allows the propeller speed to be adjusted independently of the speed of the ship’s diesel engines. Boğaçay XXXVIII (38) was launched at the shipyard Altınova at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Cahit Turhan, on Saturday.
The old tug has been exported to Mexico.
Boğaçay XXXI, which will replace the hybrid tugboat, was exported to Mexico. Ali Gürün said, Vice Chairman of the Board of Sanmar, “Our country’s fleet is rejuvenating with more technological vessels, and our country is earning foreign currency with this export.” Sanmar, which also provides guidance and towing service, has added the tug Boğaçay XXXVIII to its fleet in the bay of Izmit.
Ali Gürün said that it is a shipyard that develops LNG and stand-alone technology with the Rolls-Royce group and “hydraulic hybrid” technology with the Caterpillar group. The world’s first LNG tugs were commissioned in Norway and the first autonomous tug in Denmark. The first hydraulic hybrid tugboat will be put into service in Turkey,” he said.
Greener and more economical
Boğaçay XXXVIII developed with Caterpillar Propulsion has lower emission values and lower fuel consumption. The tug, classified by ABS and flying the Turkish flag, has been produced with fully computerized modeling. The system, which consists of two main and one auxiliary engine, a reduction gearbox integrated with the planetary gears and software to control the hydraulic pumps and motors connected to them, has been applied to the 38th brother of the Boğaçay series, which has achieved great commercial success abroad. Boğaçay, which has a length of 24 meters, a traction power of 70 tons and can rotate around its own axis, has a quenching capacity of 2,500 tons per hour. The tugboat is equipped with high-tech navigation devices; the tugboat can provide traction in all directions and continuously transmit this power from zero to one hundred percent.
Flowers by Andy Warhol
The floral motifs on the tugboat were inspired by the famous artist Andy Warhol in his work “Flowers.” Ali Gürün said: “Today, it is not only engineering goals that are sufficient for high technology and technical excellence. The environment, safety at work, employee comfort, and the aesthetics of the product are essential. The aesthetic design makes people’s lives more beautiful.”
Minister Turhan: Sanmar’s success is no coincidence
In his speech at the ceremony, Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stressed that the Turkish shipbuilding industry had become an important sector that can build environmentally-friendly ships using the latest technology. He said: One of the best examples of this work is Sanmar’s latest product Boğaçay XXXVIII hybrid tugboat. Among other technological features of the tug, it must have the world’s first AVD, the Advanced Variable Propulsion System. Sanmar’s success is not a coincidence, of course. Sanmar is a pioneer in the world that builds the first natural gas tugboat and then the first autonomous tugboat. Making the first hydraulic hybrid tugboat is a prideful event for our country and industry. ”