UK operator, SMS Towage, has decided to take the fourth Sanmar built Ulupinar Series tugboat, the Ulupinar XIII.
“We were very pleased to take up this option,” declared SMS chairman Paul Escreet. “This latest Ulupinar acquisition was taken over on the 29th January and renamed Yorkshireman.”
The 24m vessel, from the Robert Allan design team in Vancouver Canada, sailed from Turkey for the UK on the 3rd February with an SMS crew on board.
Some 15 of this exclusive and versatile ASD model have now been built by Sanmar Marine at its facility near Istanbul. However, Yorkshireman, is the immediate predecessor to Statesman (Ulupinar XIV) having been working at the port of Mersin in southern Turkey as part of Sanmar’s own fleet.
Measuring 24.40m x 9.15m with a maximum draft of 4.40m, there are a number of power options available on the Ulupinar Series but the SMS preference utilises a propulsion arrangement comprising a pair of Caterpillar 3512 diesels, each developing 1230kW at 1,800 rev/min and driving Rolls-Royce US 155 FP azimuthing thrusters to give bollard pulls, both ahead and astern, of around 50 tonnes and a free-running speed of 13 knots.
Winches on both fore and aft decks with brake holding loads of 125 tons supplied by DMT, a Palfinger deck crane and Data Hidrolic tow pins provide a comprehensive deck machinery fit-out.
The main tow winch has capacity for 600m of 40mm wire. The clever use of available space and a very high degree of quality ensures that both officers and crew enjoy a level of comfort and convenience rarely found in a vessel of just 24m in length.
Remarkably low noise levels have been recorded in all areas of the living quarters and, at approximately 80 per cent engine load, are below 60 dBA in the two single and two twin berth cabins.
According to Paul Escreet, Yorkshireman is now working alongside her Ulupinar sister vessels, Statesman and Scotsman, at the port of Immingham.
sanmar, February 14, 2014