Port operations in the Cape Verde Islands will be enhanced with an azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug purchased from a Turkish shipbuilder.
This ASD tug with 60 tonnes of bollard pull is required as larger container ships and cruise liners are berthing and mooring at the nation’s ports.
Cape Verde Island’s towage and pilotage company and port authority, Enapor, acquired the 25-m tugboat from Med Marine. Yılport M was renamed Praia Maria and delivered to Enapor on 17 May 2019.
It was built by Med Marine at the Ereğli Shipyard in 2016 to a Robert Allan RAmparts 2500W design and RINA class. It then operated in Med Marine’s Dilovası fleet in Turkey until its sale to Enapor.
Praia Maria has a gross tonnage of 365 gt, moulded beam of 12 m and hull depth of 4.6 m.
It is propelled by a pair of Wärtsilä W9L20 main engines that develop a total output of 3,600 kW, driving two Rolls-Royce US205 controllable-pitch, azimuthing thrusters in an ASD configuration. These give Praia Maria a free sailing speed of 12 knots and bollard pull of 60 tonnes.
Its deck machinery includes a DMT-supplied fore anchor towing winch and aft towing winch and a Mampaey quick release disc-type towing hook.
Praia Maria will be used for emergency response as it has a fire-fighting system classed for FiFi1 with two FFS fire-pumps which can deliver 2,710 m3/h.
Enapor operates ports on nine inhabited islands in Cape Verde
|Vale de Cavaleiros
|Tarrafal de São Nicolau
|Porto Grande (Mindelo)
Med Marine has sold other tugs in its fleet and gained newbuilding contracts this year and in 2018. Details of these can be viewed using these links: