The launch of the largest tanker ever built by a private Turkish shipyard proved to be an event of enormous pride.
Over 1,000 guests, including Turkish ministers and a large Italian shipping contingent, turned out for the launch of the 25,000-dwt, IMO II chemical/oil tanker Ottomana at the Celik Tekne shipyard in Tuzla Bay.
The event clearly provided as much personal pride to shipowners Giorgio and Paolo Cagnoni of Mediterranea di Navigazione as it did national pride to the Turkish shipping community.
Everyone who assisted in getting the ship off the drawing board and into the water turned up, including Giorgio La Valle of Trieste-based Marine Engineering Services (MES), who designed the sophisticated vessel, and Burke & Novi’s sale-and-purchase guru Alan Buchanan, who brokered the deal. Others making the journey from Italy were Nanni Vignolo of shipbrokers Novelmar, who fixed the ship for three years to Italian oil company Eni, which was represented by chartering manager Riccardo Baratozzi.
The Turkish contingent included shipyard boss Mehmet Taylan as well as a representatives from Turkey’s Yapi Kredi Bank, who arranged a finance package involving 100% payment on delivery.
All enjoyed the generous hospitality of the Cagnoni family, which combined an emotional launch with an evening cocktail cruise on the Bosporus. Dinner in a spectacular historical palacewas rounded off — to the delight of all present — by a captivating sight of a trio of belly dancers.