Med Marine delivered a MED-A2575 class tugboat to South America and another MED-A2575 tugboat is about to be sent off to the region. 

Med Marine and SAAM Towage shook hands for a MED-2575 class tugboat which was previously being operated in Med Marine’s national fleet in addition to her five identical sisters. 

SAAM Tarqui, previously called “Efesan Port”, will join SAAM Towage’s fleet in Equador. She is a RAmparts 2500W design by Canadian designer Robert Allan Ltd. It is a very economical, compact but pretty robust design that is widely accepted, well-proven among the top operators all over the world. 

Med Marine offers 60, 70 and 75 tonnes bollard pull options to its clients in this design. 

Pablo E. Caceres, technical director from SAAM commented about this delivery: “We are very glad to introduce the SAAM TARQUI to our operations, especially following her combination of size and power. These allow us to satisfy our clients’ safety matrixes in terms of pushing/pulling capabilities while delivering a versatile tugboat that could adjust to restrictive spaces of operation” 

Melis Üçüncü, sales manager from Med Marine, also said: “We are very glad with this repeat order from SAAM a year after delivering SAAM Itza, MED-A2360 tugboat, to SAAM Guatemala. SAAM Tarqui belongs to MED-A2575 class which is another design that Med Marine has strong expertise in building and operating. We built and delivered 11 units with different bollard pull options in this design and we have years of experience in operating them in our national fleet. We believe that Med Marine is a well-trusted business partner for SAAM and we have proven ourselves with our previous delivery. We value SAAM’s trust and We wish that this cooperation will continue many years to come. ” 

The vessel utilises two WARTSILA W9L20 engines that develop a total output of 3600 kW with a free sailing speed of 12 knots and bollard pull of 70 tons. Two PERKINS 4.4TW2GM gensets provide total 168 kw electrical power for vessel services, including the deck machinery. She drives two KONGSBERG US 205 FP azimuthing thrusters and she is equipped with two FFS FIFI E fire-fighting pumps which can deliver 2.710m3/h. Deck machinery includes DMT fore anchor towing winch, DMT aft towing winch and MAMPAEY quick release disc type towing hook. 

About SAAM: 

SAAM is a Chilean multinational company that provides foreign trade services by means of its three business divisions: Port Terminals, Towage and Logistics. SAAM has 59 years experience and operates in 12 countries throughout North, Central and South America, creating jobs for over 8,000 workers. 

SAAM is one of the major port operators in America, the leading company providing towage services in South America and the third-largest towage services provider in the world. SAAM is associated with strategic local and global operators in the different markets where it operates. 

About Med Marine: 

Med Marine is a leading Turkish shipbuilder and leading tugboat operator. The firm employs Eregli Shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Turkey with its 162.000 sqm area and 220 L x 38 W mtrs slipway capacity, to build its state-of-the-art tugboats and Stainless Steel (STST) IMO II type chemical/oil tankers, either for its own operations or clients around the world. The shipyard is constantly being improved with advanced production standards by keeping up with latest health, safety and environmental regulations. Med Marine has successfully completed the construction and delivery of almost 200 projects, including tugboats, chemical/oil tankers, mooring and pilot boats.