Named BB ELECTRA by its new owners, the tug is based on the exclusive-to-Sanmar ElectRA 2200 SX design from Canadian naval architects Robert Allan Ltd and is the eighth tug that Sanmar has delivered to Buksér og Berging.

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With an overall length of 22.2m excluding fenders, moulded breadth of 10.84m and least moulded depth of 4.4m, BB ELECTRA has 1.718 kWh of battery power. It can achieve a bollard pull ahead of 45 tons and a speed of 11.8 knots.

Its Caterpillar C32 IMO Tier lll compliant switchable marine generator set provides 940 eKW at 1.800 rev/min and deck equipment includes a DMT TW-E250kN fore winch, Data Hidrolik DTH 50-120P tow hook, Palfinger PK11001MC deck crane and Data Hidrolik DTC 4000 EP-L rope reel.

BB ELECTRA, which has accommodation for a crew of three, is Buksér og Berging’s first eco-friendly electric-powered no emissions tug, but the operator already has a well-deserved reputation for being environmentally-aware, with previous deliveries from Sanmar including the Tier lll emissions compliant sister escort tugs BAMSE and BOB, and BORGOY and BOKN, the world’s first two purely LNG-fuelled tugboats.

Rüçhan Çıvgın, Commercial Director of Sanmar Shipyards, said: “Buksér og Berging, quite rightly, have very exacting demands when it comes to protecting the environment that they work in and we are more than happy to provide a new generation of environmentally-friendly tugboats that more than meet their requirements. We are also always delighted when an existing client comes back or more.”