In December 2023 the Maersk group’s towage operator Svitzer took delivery of Svitzer Estelle, the second Robert Allan Ltd-designed RAstar 3200W tug built for Svitzer’s European operations by Turkey’s Uzmar Shipyards.
She has been deployed on the River Thames and the River Medway, bolstering the company’s operations in the Port of London. She arrived at Denton Wharf on 21 December 2023.
The first Uzmar-built tug to be part of Svitzer’s European fleet, Svitzer Elizabeth is also currently in service in the UK, in the Port of Liverpool.
Svitzer’s partnership with Uzmar Shipyards began with the delivery of two tugs for the company’s fleet in Australia.
Svitzer Estelle has a bollard pull of 80 tonnes and has an overall length of 32m, a beam of 13.2m and a depth of 5.5m. The tug has a 199 cubic meters fuel capacity and 40 cubic meters freshwater capacity, with Escort Tug and Firefighting1 notation.
The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3516E main engines rated at 2.525 bkW at 1,800 rpm, with IMO III certified after treatment, and has two Kongsberg US255 Z-drives with 2.8m fixed pitch propellers.
Photo by Fraser Grey