Sanmar Celebrates Forty Years
In 1976 Orhan Gürün, today’s company chairman, together with his dear friend, the late Gökçen Seven, incorporated Sanmar Denizcilik.
Being Turkey’s one of the oldest Tugboat Company in the private sector has challenged Sanmar, resulting in a powerful fleet with an average age of less than two years. With up-to-date equipment and well-trained and experienced crew, Sanmar provides a huge variety of services in various ports and terminals around the coastline of Turkey and Bulgaria.
The tugs and workboats that Sanmar operates are constructed by the company’s own ship building department. Over the last few years it has been bidding for new building contracts and has finalized a large proportion of them. The company now builds tugs, workboats and pilot boats for national and international markets on demand and has a track record of more than 150 state-of-the-art tugs on its reference list, including specialist ex-proof 90 tonnes BP units for oil & gas terminal deployment.
Sanmar has built tugboats for some of the world’s leading owner/operators –companies such as Østensjø, P&O, Smit Lamnalco, Svitzer and Buksér og Berging. By adopting and adapting the designs of internationally renowned tug designers such as Robert Allan, Buksér og Berging, many under exclusive agreements, Sanmar has virtually single-handedly been responsible for raising the reputation of Turkish tug building.
Today, under the leadership of the company chairman, Sanmar is in the capable and qualified hands of the children of the two original founders.