Rolls-Royce secures supply deal with Sanmar

Robert Allan-designed tugboats Rolls-Royce's equipment will be used on Robert Allan-designed tugboats being built by Sanmar Shipyards

Rolls-Royce has secured an extensive propulsion and deck equipment supply order from Sanmar Shipyards for tugboats based on Robert Allan exclusive designs.

The scope of supply includes 42 Rolls-Royce US 205/255 azimuth thrusters for 21 harbour/terminal/escort tugs in the 60, 70 and 80t bollard-pull range and high-pressure hydraulic towing winched for the 80 tonne models.

“This new arrangement provides both parties with some significant advantages,” said Gary Nutter, Rolls-Royce director customer & propulsion. “For Rolls-Royce it provides good visibility, allowing us to optimise production. The benefits for the customer are that we can offer shorter lead times, secure production slots and the flexibility to customise the equipment in line with specific requirements. It’s a win-win arrangement for both parties.”

Rolling arrangement

The deal covers standard specification products for all vessels across a two-to-three-year period and accounts for options on the standard product specification to cover specific demands and operational requirements.

Ali Gurun, Sanmar projects director, added: “Rather than having to create new supply agreement for each newbuild project, this new arrangement allows to effectively have a constant supply of Rolls-Royce equipment that we can adapt to meet our customers’ requirements. This means we can potentially reduce build time and streamline the building process.”

Sanmar’s range of tug designs includes a new 25m Tractor tug that incorporates a hull that can be outfitted with 60 to 70t of bollard pull and a new 29m ASD tug which can accommodate up to 90t of bollard pull.

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