Sanmar tugs into the future

Dünya Executive - - BUSINESS - AYSEL YUCEL

Sanmar, one of the world’s biggest tugboat producers, has made a jump start to the year 2019. Board Member Ali Gurun said that they have already received 12 orders, including customers in Spain and Italy, within the first two months of the year and already filled half of the production capacity for 2020. This follows a successful 2018 in which the company completed 24 projects.

With more than 200 tugboats exported to 7 continents, Sanmar has blazed a trail in the industry with important projects like the world’s first LNG-operated tugboat, the first remote controlled ship and the first hydraulic-hybrid tugboat in its shipyards in Tuzla and Yalova.

Sanmar board members Ali Gurun and Cem Seven shared their new projects with daily DUNYA. “We will steal the spotlight from the global industry with these 12 new orders,” said Gurun. “We are excited to fill half of the production capacity in 2020 thanks to the orders we received from Norwegian Bukser Berging, Finnish Alfons Hakans, Orkney Islands port coun- cil in Scotland, Danish Svitzer and Italian Rimorchiat­ori Riuniti di Genova Berg.”

The bottom was seen, uptrend beg ns

Gurun stated that the accelerati­on in orders indicates an expected uptrend in the maritime market. “Companies that have a plan, most of them European, a certain strategy and long-term projection­s have started their investment­s in order to enlarge and renew their existing fleets because they think that the sector saw reached its bottom and the up-

ward trend is about to begin.”

Sh pyard nvestment abroad

Seven added that they have sales managers in the United Kingdom, South America, the United Arab Emirates and Australia and are therefore in a position to open an office abroad in the future. “It is very important that companies that have become brands like us, doing business all around the world, have at least small shipyards in other regions. We also have this kind of investment in our vision,” he said.

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