tugs

Autonomous tug to operate in Port of Singapore from late 2020

Zurich-based technology company ABB announced the signing of a contract with Singaporean shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine to jointly develop an autonomous tug to operate from 2020. Upon project completion, the vessel is anticipated to be South Asia’s first autonomous tug.

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.

Singapore Strait: Scrap metal theft from barges on the rise

The number of incidents involving tug boats towing barges has seen a rise in the Singapore Strait, with a total of 14 incidents reported only in 2019 (until 15th August). Of these, nine incidents reported loss of scrap metal from their barges.

Watch: Ports of Auckland buys world’s first electric tug

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. 

Tug sinks in Bellingham marina, Port Townsend

US Coast Guard pollution responders informed that they are responding to a report of a tug that sank at the Port Orchard Railway Marina in Port Townsend, Washington, on Monday July 29. 250 gallons of red dye diesel fuel and hydraulic oil have been recovered.

Canada’s Pacific Coast emergency tugs are limited, report says

Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping launched the ‘Availability of Tugs of Opportunity in Canada’s Pacific Region’ research report according to which there’s a possibility that Canada’s West Coast experiences some gaps in the availability of commercial tugs to serve as emergency towing vessels for ships in distress.

Hybrid power module solution now operational on escort tug

Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module solution, the Wärtsilä HY, is now operating on the ‘Vilja’, an escort tug owned by the Swedish port of Luleå. The tug was constructed at Gondan Shipbuilders in Asturias, Spain and was delivered in the end of June 2019, after successfully conducting commissioning and sea trials.

Traffic in Houston Ship Channel returns to normal operations

The Unified Command, including the US Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and Kirby Inland Marine, have successfully removed two barges involved in a collision from the Houston Ship Channel, on May 15. The Captain of the Port of Houston-Galveston has opened the Houston Ship Channel without restrictions and vessel traffic has returned to normal operations.

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