Berg Propulsion to power BuBe’s hybrid tug

Swedish marine propellers manufacturer Berg Propulsion has won a deal to provide control and propulsion technology for Buksér og Berging’s hybrid tug that is being built by Türkiye’s Uzmar Shipyard.

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Berg has been contracted to provide the full electrical power and control package for the Robert Allan-designed Rampage 4100BB-H tug, which will join BuBe’s North Sea operations in December 2024. Supply will include the electric motors, drives, main switchboard, power management system, alarm monitoring system, control system, and mode selector.

Berg’s scope of supply also includes twin MTA834CP azimuth thrusters and one MTT114CP bow thruster for the 120-ton bollard pull tug.

“Working with Berg Propulsion, Robert Allen, and Uzmar Shipyard has brought together world-class expertise to create a vessel that will set new industry performance standards. Berg’s integrated hybrid system and automation solutions have been chosen for their ability to optimize tug efficiency and operational flexibility in a single package,” Vetle Sverdrup, CEO of Buksér og Berging AS, said.

“This is a milestone project for Uzmar in every respect, and a significant win within our important Norwegian client base. Berg Propulsion has developed long and successful working relationships with Uzmar and BuBe. Past experience with Berg has been key for the owner in its selection – just as it is for Uzmar as delivery partner,” Noyan Altug, CEO, Uzmar Shipyard, said.

Mustafa Müslüm, General Manager, Berg Propulsion Eurasia, said ‘Hardware in the Loop’ tests of electrical integration, the automation system and associated equipment would be conducted as a simulation of the future sea trial at Berg’s production facility before factory acceptance tests.

“Such an extensive test will eliminate any interface issues before delivering products to the yard, which will optimize time management during the ship acceptance tests and the harbor acceptance tests,” Müslüm explained.

“We have dug deep into BuBe’s specific operational and service needs to ensure that every piece of equipment delivers its full potential. We focus on the way the crew interacts with these systems, particularly in the bridge area, in an integrated approach that guarantees not only seamless functionality but also an enhanced user experience, making operations intuitive and efficient,” Jonas Nyberg, Managing Director Advanced Solutions, Berg Propulsion, said.