Martrade BV of Sliedrecht is pleased to announce after the sale of the URS Combitug EVERGEM the sale of the URS sistertug Zelzate to undisclosed buyers. In Ridderkerk, The Netherlands she became her new name, TRABZON TUG. Het new homeport is Freetown, Sierra Leone. The tug was built at Shipyard Rupelmonde in Belgium in 1993 and has been trading in the Ghent / Terneuzen / Scheldt area. This well maintained quality tug produces a bollard pull of 39 tonnes. The tug is in Ridderkerk (The Netherlands) where her new owners will take delivery and carry out some modifications.
(Press Release Martrade)
The technical and historical specifications of the ZELZATE:\r\n
The tug ZELZATE was built in 1993 under the name NATHALIE LETZER with yard number 471 at "NV Scheepswerf van Rupelmonde" at Rupelmonde (Belgium). She has also been fitted out as a salvage tug.
She was part of the series of sister ships ST. ANNASTRAND, YOLANDE LETZER, TERNEUZEN, ZEEBRUGGE, NATHALIE LETZER and THOMAS LETZER.
Her volume is 249 grt and 74 nrt. Her dimensions are: length 31,99m (27,28m), beam 9,04m (8,70m), draught 3,950m and depth 4,65 meters.
Her propulsion system exists of 1 fixed pitch propeller in a nozzle and a retr. azimuth bow thruster, driven by a 4-takt 8-cylinder ABC diesel engine, type 8MDZC, producing a power of 1.998 bhp (1.470 kW) at 800 rpm (bow thruster included 2.719 bhp (2.000 kW). Her free sailing speed is 13,5 knots and she has a bollard pull of 32+7 tons.
In April 1993 the NATHALIE LETZER has been delivered by the yard to "URS - Unie van Redding en Sleepdienst" at Antwerp, where she was registered under the Belgian flag, with ON number A3170 and IMO number 9034999. Her call sign was ORLE and het MMSI registration number 205074000.
On January 25th the NATHALIE LETZER was rebaptized ZELZATE.
In May 2015 the ZELZATE - like het sister EVERGEM one month before - sold to an unidentified (same) owner. She navigated to Ridderkerk (The Netherlands) for the transfer to het new owner and to have a number of modifications carried out.
(information The Tugslist/Piet van Damme)