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Saturday, March 2, 2019 

Two new RAstar 3200 escort tugs, designed by Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) and built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards in Hong Kong, have recently been added to the Saam Smit Towage Canada (SST Canada) fleet.

With bollard pulls in excess of 80 tonnes, and the ability to generate indirect escort forces at 10 knots of 82 tonnes in steering, and 130 tonnes in braking, these new tugs have been proving themselves as highly capable platforms in the SST Canada fleet, especially in the context of escort towing. Capable of safely performing all ship-handling and tanker escort roles, SST Grizzly and SST Orca are said to considerably increase the ability of the local tug fleet to handle anticipated increases in vessel traffic through British Columbia’s waters.

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