Turkish-built tug sold to Portland Harbour Authority

The Portland Harbour Authority of Dorset, UK, recently welcomed a ship handling tug to its fleet.

The Robert Allan Ltd-designed Z-drive tug was built in 2019 by Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards for its own towage operations.

The vessel has been renamed Rupert Best in honour of a retired Royal Navy officer and former director of Portland Port. Commander Best, a veteran of the Falklands conflict and former submarine captain, died earlier this year.

The tug measures 22.4 by 10.8 metres and is powered by two Caterpillar 3512C 1,500kW main engines that deliver a speed of 12 knots and a bollard pull of 50 tonnes.

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