UK’s SMS Towage acquires Turkish-built tug

Photo: Sanmar

UK-based SMS Towage has purchased a tug currently operated by Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards.

The Robert Allan Ltd-designed Sirapinar XV was built in 2020 and has since been operating as part of Sanmar’s own towage fleet.

The tug will be the third in a series to join the SMS fleet after the 2017-built Pullman and the 2019-built Lloydsman.

Sirapinar XV has an LOA of 22.4 metres, a navigational draught of 4.89 metres, a bollard pull of 54 tonnes, and a free running speed of 11 knots. It will be delivered to its new owners in October 2022.

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