Known as KOCAÇAY IX while under construction in Turkiye, the tug has been renamed PELLEGRON by its new owners and will operate in the Arabian Gulf. Based on the exclusive-to-Sanmar RAstar 3200SX design from Canadian naval architects Robert Allan Ltd, PELLEGRON measures 32m LOA including fenders, with a 13m breadth, 5.35m moulded depth and maximum draft of 6m. The twin Z-drive, diesel-powered tugboat can achieve a hefty 80 tonnes of bollard pull and a free-running speed ahead of 13 knots. It is equipped for operations over the bow and stern, with a powerful escort winch at the bow for escorting and ship handling operations, and a towing winch, towing pins, and rounded transom at the stern for towing.

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Extensive model and full-scale testing have shown that its hull design significantly enhances escort towing and seakeeping performance. Classified by RINA, PELLEGRON, which was launched towards the end of May, has Fi-Fi 1 fire-fighting capability, and its tank capacities include 165m3 of fuel oil and 20m3 of fresh water. It has been designed to accommodate a crew of up to 10 people. Rüçhan Çıvgın, Commercial Director of Sanmar Shipyards, said: “Our Kocaçay class tugs have been specifically designed to allow customisation requests from customers to be easily accommodated. We work closely with clients throughout the design, construction, and trialling stages to ensure these high-power tugs meet specific operational needs.”