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As part of Ocean’s 10-year concession agreement with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), the Canadian maritime company has purchased a 24m ASD tug from Turkish builder/operator Sanmar. Taken from Sanmar’s “as new” fleet the vessel, Bogacay IX has been renamed Ocean Kingston Pride and will primarily operate in the Port of Kingston. It is one of Sanmar’s most popular classes with over 30 now in operation around the world.

Measuring 24.40m x 11.25m with a draft of 5.10m and powered by a pair of 2,350kW Caterpillar diesels driving Rolls-Royce type US 255 CP azimuthing Z-drives, the compact and agile tug achieves a good maximum bollard pull of 80 tonnes and a free-running speed of 13 knots. The vessel has air-conditioned accommodation for six persons with two single and two twin berth cabins. The living quarters are finished to a very high standard with well-equipped mess and galley.

A feature of the wheelhouse is superb all round visibility for close quarter manoeuvring and a comprehensive array of state-of-the-art electronic aids including Simard autopilot and radar and two Navico GPS devices.

Out on deck, the tug is fitted with a electric double drum DMT forward winch and an aft quick release tow hook by Data Hidrolik. Both main engines also powers the pump that feeds an external fire-fighting system with a FFS supplied monitor capacity of fifi 1 located at the forward end of the bridge deck.

This ASD design, exclusive to this builder, is known as the Robert Allan RAmparts 2400 SX Class but contains considerable input based on Sanmar’s own operational experience.

Coincidentally another Robert Allan/Sanmar collaboration has left the operator’s own fleet for foreign shores. Dogancay XXVI is on its way to Somali for P&O Maritime where this twin screw 43 tonne bollard pull tug will be renamed Egal.