Propulsion ordered for east Africa’s most powerful tug

Med Marine has ordered propulsion systems for what will be the most powerful emergency response tug to operate in east Africa

The new salvage tug will be constructed to a Robert Allan design at Med Marine’s Ereğli Shipyard in northern Turkey for Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

It will be built to a RAstar 4200 (MED-A42120) design, with an expected bollard pull of more than 120 tonnes.

Med Marine has contracted Schottel to supply two Rudderpropellers type SRP 710 azimuth thrusters and a hydraulically driven transverse thruster type STT 170 (with 250 kW input). The SRPs will have propellers measuring 3.4 m in diameter, an input power of 3,700 kW and input speed of 1,000 rpm.

This salvage tug will have an overall length of 42 m and beam of 16 m. It is scheduled for delivery to KPA in 2021 .

Med Marine will equip this RAstar 4200-designed tug with extensive towing facilities, fire-fighting systems, external bilge systems for leak detection, workshops, ship cranes and dinghies.

KPA is mandated to manage and operate the Port of Mombasa and all scheduled seaports along Kenya’s coastline.

Port of Mombasa is a major gateway to east and central Africa with direct connectivity to over 80 ports worldwide. It is also a central base for salvage and emergency towage in the Indian Ocean.