Port of Antwerp has ordered construction of a tug powered by hydrogen, the first in the world. This ‘Hydrotug’ is driven by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel. The motors also comply with the very strictest standard, the EU Stage V.
The American Waterways Operators (AWO) released a short educational video on the contributions of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the US economy and security. The video forms part of the Spotlight On educational video series.
New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland announced the signing of a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size, fully electric port tug. This comes in line with the port’s commitment to be zero emission by 2040, as previously announced.
The Bahamas-flagged car carrier ‘CSSC Asia’, operated by Hoegh Autoliners, collided with the inactive tug ‘Inyalazi’ while berthing alongside at the R-Shed in the Port of Durban’s Point Precinct, on Friday, 13 April, according to TNPA. Damage occurred to the quayside and the tug sustained a hole on its side.
In the latest of its new series of videos, CHIRP provides advisable practices for seafarers to enhance safety at sea, reporting specifically safety issues resulting from two separate cases: tug handling and windlasses operation.
Although a tug’s power requirements are minimal, it must have the capacity to produce huge surges in power to assist a vessel when required. ABB has produced video to provide information regarding the energy storage for tugs.
The Panama Canal has been acquiring new tugboats to strengthen its fleet. The tugboat fleet the Panama Canal is ready to handle the operational demand of the current Canal as well as transits through the new lane.
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