tugs

Ghana, Denmark cooperate to improve tugboat missions

A team of tugboat masters just finished a training programme in Denmark as part of a strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana. The training provided the tugboat masters with new tools on how to perform tugboat missions in the Port of Tema.

Denmark, Ghana extend maritime cooperation

Denmark and Ghana have cooperated on e-navigation solutions, implementation of international regulations and training of tugboat captains since 2015. This week, the two countries extended the strategic sector cooperation until 2021. The overall purpose of the strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana is to boost capacity building in the maritime sector that benefits both countries.

Panama Canal to further reduce crew in tugs

The Panama Canal Authority has informed the Union de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta (UCOC) in late May that it is to reduce the tug’s crew to the minimum manning established by the Panama Maritime Authority. In view of this, the ITF urged the ACP to re-evaluate the way it conducts its industrial relations.

ITF opposes to tug captains sanctions in the Panama Canal

The International Transport Worker’s Federation is against the actions of the Panama Canal Authority, which issued sanctions against Tugboat Captains who refused to assist the transit of vessels through the neopanamax locks. The union representatives of the captains claim safety issues over their refusal, adding that the sanction is part of a tug privitization plan in the Canal. The union representatives of the captains claim safety issues over their refusal, adding that the sanction is part of a tug privitization plan in the Canal.

Tug captains sanctioned for refusing transits in Panama Canal new locks

Panama Canal Administration said the decision came after the tugboat captains refused to assist the transit of vessels through the neopanamax locks, which impacted the regular maritime traffic. On the other hand, the union representatives of the captains claim safety issues over their refusal.

World’s largest rotortug named at Albwardy Damen

Albwardy Damen, a joint venture between Albwardy Investment, Dubai and the Damen Shipyards Group, hosted a naming ceremony for the world’s biggest Rotortug, the ART 100-46 RT Raven in Sharjah, on 18 January.

Foss, Damen build assist and escort tugs for US market

American shipping company Foss Maritime and Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to construct at least 10 tugs, which will meet the demands of the U.S. tug assist and escort market. The tugs are expected to be delivered in 2019.

Damen tug enters service at Port Nelson

Port Nelson,has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2310. Named TōIA, which is Maori for ‘to pull’, she is the first new tug there for 32 years and represents a significant upgrade of capability.

Fratelli Neri expands tug fleet

Italian towing company Fratelli Neri S.p.A. has added three new Damen workboats to its fleet. The trio of vessels will be based in the company’s home port of Livorno, on the Tuscan coast.

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