Svitzer takes delivery of 70-tonne bollard pull tractor tug by Robert Allan


(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — The first 70-tonne bollard pull version of Robert Allan Ltd.’s TRAktor 2500-SX tractor tugs has been delivered to its owner, Svitzer A/S of Denmark. The vessel was built by Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey and christened Svitzer Vale. The vessel is the second TRAktor 2500-SX to be delivered and the first 7- tonne configuration of this tug, designated by Sanmar as its Delicay class.

In order to allow for a high bollard pull in this length hull, the beam is relatively wide for the length. To prevent potential directional stability issues, The stern of the hull features StRAke stabilizers developed by Voith and Robert Allan Ltd. The result is an efficient and maneuverable tractor tug despite having a low length-to-beam ratio.

The hull features a raised forecastle deck for operation in rough weather and for keeping the lower accommodation space above the design waterline for MLC compliance. The key hull particulars are as follows:

• Length, overall: 83 feet
• Beam, molded: 39.3 feet
• Depth, molded: 14.6 feet
• Harbor draft: 21.1 feet
• GRT: 323

The tug was designed and constructed to ABS class requirements and has the following notations: ABS ✠ A1, ✠ AMS, ✠ ABCU, Towing Vessel, UWILD, Unrestricted Service, QR

Primary tank capacities at 100 percent full are:

• Fuel oil: 85.5 cubic meters
• Potable water: 12.5 cubic meters
• Foam: 4.9 cubic meters

The vessel has been outfitted for a crew of six. All accommodations are MLC compliant and each featuring a private en-suite toilet space.

The wheelhouse is designed with a single split control station for both ahead and astern operation with excellent visibility over the aft working deck. The efficiently laid out engine room includes a separate switchboard room and separate engineer’s workshop.

Main propulsion consists of a pair of Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines each rated 2,100 kW at 1,600 rpm driving Rolls-Royce US 255 FP P30 azimuthing drives through straight line carbon shafts.

The electrical plant consists of three identical Caterpillar C 4.4 diesel gensets, each with a power output of 86 kW, 50 Hz, 400 V.

FIFI 1/2 capability is provided by a Fire Fighting Systems SFP 250×350 XP horizontal centrifugal pump, driven off the front of starboard main engine. A remote-operated monitor model FFS1200/300LB with 1,200/300 m3/hr sea water/foam capacity if fitted on the starboard side.

Deck machinery features a DMT Model TW-E250KN, double drum, frequency controlled electric drive towing winch with tension and length indication, constant tension. Band brake holding load is 127 tons on the third layer.

Ship-handling fenders at the stern consist of an upper row of cylindrical fender and a lower course of W-fender. D-rubber lines the shear strake and W-fenders are fitted at the bow.

Significant noise and vibration reduction measures have been implemented throughout, including resiliently mounted main engines, resiliently mounted gensets and auxiliary engine, high attenuation engine exhaust silencer systems, ventilation intake air silencers, sound dampening deck and bulkhead treatments, and other critical insulation measures.

On trials, Svitzer Vale met or exceeded performance expectations, with a bollard pull ahead of 71 tonnes and a speed of 12.6 knots. For more information visit

By Professional Mariner Staff