Inaugural Ceremony for the Tugboat SAAM Itza was Held in Guatemala

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Inaugural Ceremony for the Tugboat SAAM Itza was Held in Guatemala

Med Marine and SAAM Guatemala signed a contract for a MED-A2360 series tugboat for the towage company’s Puerto Quetzal operations on May 2019 and the vessel sailed to Guatemala on July 2019. Having sailed from Ereğli Shipyard to Puerto Quetzal, 23m ASD tugboat SAAM Itza’s inauguration ceremony was held in Guatemala on 12th of December.

Local authorities and guests from both companies attended the ceremony. Melis Üçüncü, Med Marine’s Sales Manager, said that it was a really successful delivery and SAAM Itza is a great fit for SAAM Guatemala’s fleet.

The general manager of SAAM Towage in Guatemala, Harry Nadle, pointed out that "the high-powered and manoeuvrable ship was delivered by Med Marine and is ready to begin its operations at Puerto Quetzal and Puerto San Jose terminals ".

Her sister, Tareef 1, sailed to Dubai to join Abu Dhabi Ports’ fleet last month.

SAAM Itza is a Ramparts 2300-MM tugboat, an exclusive design for Med Marine.  RAmparts 2300-MM is versatile, multi-purpose, compact ASD design, which features efficient ship-handling, coastal towing, escort, general purpose duties and fire fighting capabilities.

Some of her qualifications:

LENGHT O.A.                     23m

BEAM                                 10,9m

DEPTH                                4,4m

BOLLARD PULL                 60 ton

SPEED                                12 knots (approx.)

MAIN ENGINE                    2 x CAT 3512, 2 x 1.765 Kw @ 1.800 rpm

PROPELLER                       2 x ROLLS ROYCE US205 P20 FP with 2.400 dia


DECK CRANE                    Toimil T-10500M SWL10t.m reach 8 m

GENERATOR SET              2 x CATERPILLAR C4.4 86ekW

FIFI E SYSTEM                   1 x 1200 m3/hr. Pump, 2 x Foam/water monitor


About Med Marine:

Med Marine is a Turkish shipbuilder and leading tugboat operator. The firm employs Eregli Shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Turkey, to build its state-of-the-art tugboats and Stainless Steel (STST) IMO II type chemical/oil tankers, either for its own operations or clients around the world.

The company has successfully completed the construction and delivery of more than 150 projects, including tugboats, chemical/oil tankers, mooring and pilot boats.

About Puerto Quetzal:

Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest Pacific Ocean port for bulk and container cargo, and the largest in terms of cargo tonnage handled.  Puerto Quetzal incorporates multiple speciality terminals (container, bulk sugar, LPG, bulk fuel & coal), and is an important stop-off point for cruise liners.

About SAAM Towage:

SAAM Towage is a multinational corporation providing services for international trade through its three divisions: Port Terminals, Towage and Logistics.

With 57 years in business, SAAM has operations in 12 countries in North, Central and South America, creating jobs for more than 7 thousand employees. It is one of the leading operators of port and towage services in America.