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Venezuela adds two tugs for tanker terminal operations

Fri 21 Apr 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

Venezuela adds two tugs for tanker terminal operations
Uzmar built two tugs with 60 tonnes bollard pull for IOED

Venezuela’s state oil company has added two tugs to its fleet to support oil terminal operations. Offshore Engineering Development Co (IOED) of Venezuela has acquired two 25m tugs from Uzmar Workboat and Tug Factory of Turkey.

Uzmar built these tugs on a speculative basis with Caterpillar 3512C engines and Schottel fixed pitch propellers. These tugs achieved 60 tonnes of bollard pull during sea trials.

IOED said these two 10m wide tugs will provide services to tankers operating in a major Venezuelan oil terminal. They have dedicated equipment independent from the main drives to provide fire-fighting operations and a combined anchor towing winch provided by Ibercisa.

Uzmar deputy general manager Mutlu Altug said this is the seventh tug the shipbuilder has supplied to IOED. He added: “We will not limit our relations as a tugboat provider only, as we will be their strategic partner and they will have our lifetime support.”