Sanmar conducts keel laying ceremony for Kotug’s Methanol powered tugs

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This week, Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyard Altinova held a keel-laying ceremony for two methanol dual-fuel escort tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd. The tugs, commissioned by Kotug Canada Inc., a collaboration between Kotug International B.V. and Horizon Maritime Inc., are set to enhance the Trans Mountain Expansion Project by escorting ships from the Port of Vancouver through the Salish Sea. Named SD Aisemaht and SD Qwii-Aan’c Sarah in honour of notable Sc’ianew First Nation members, the tugs will be Canada’s most potent, boasting 120 tonnes of bollard pull and innovative features to reduce emissions and noise, thus lessening the impact on local marine life. The ceremony was marked by the active participation of Kotug’s top executives, who welded parts of the keel, symbolizing the project’s start and their commitment to pioneering sustainable maritime solutions. The tugs are scheduled to begin operation in 2025, contributing significantly to environmental conservation efforts in shipping.

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