After a 30-day trip from Altinova, Turkey, SAAM Towage’s last tug, SAAM Palenque, arrived in Colón, Panama, where the company provides towing services on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
Matia de Luiggi, Country Manager of SAAM Towage in Panama, said: “We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this new tug, which will be an important reinforcement for our fleet. A compact vessel equipped with advanced fire fighting systems, it has all the technical specifications to respond effectively and safely to the new needs of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel ships crossing the enlarged Panama Canal and disembarking at Cristóbal port complex.
Palenque was built by Sanmar Shipyards and designed by Canadian naval architects Robert Allan Ltd. It is a “twin” of SAAM Valparaiso, also operated in Panama, and the Albatross, currently operated in Peru.
The tug is compact, measuring 24.4 meters long and 11.25 meters wide, ideal for operations in small spaces like the entrances to the Panama Canal or the port of Cristóbal.
The tug has a pulling force of 72 tons and a top speed of 12.5 knots. The “fire-fighting 1” rating makes the vessel very suitable for operations in LNG and fuel terminals.
It offers accommodation for a crew of up to six, including crew bedrooms, kitchen, showers, double bunk beds, heating and air conditioning.