Since they typically operate in or close to harbours and populated areas, tugs are particularly affected by environmental considerations, and the need for regulatory compliance is an increasing concern for tug owners and operators worldwide, Wartsila notes.
The first dual fuel tug ever built in Europe has been delivered to the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S with the aim provide tug services to Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya, under severe weather conditions.
MOL announced the decision to build an LNG-fueled tugboat, which is going to be the first in Japan. The tugboat will conform to the IGF code and will be equipped with dual fuel engines, that allows high-speed operation and environmental performance.
Robert Allan announced that has recently begun construction, in Brazil, of a fleet of pusher tugs and barges for Louis Dreyfus Company. The vessels, designed under extensive CFD simulations to optimize the hull shapes and to minimize total convoy resistance, will transport bulk grain products on the Amazon River system, with an expected delivery in 2017.
Two Azistern tugs designed by Offshore Ship Designers have been delivered to their new owner, PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited. The tugs were built at Paxocean Shipyard in Singapore and are classed by Bureau Veritas.
Damen has concluded its latest multiple vessel transport which contained Stan Pontoons 4113, 4111, 4512, 5211 and 6316 increasingly installed with ballast water treatment equipment, in addition to a number of ASD 2810 Tugs.
Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) has teamed up with Damen to build a total of 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. These will be deployed on two major maritime projects for which ECO has recently won contracts, based in part on the use of well-proven Damen tug designs.
On 10 August a keel-laying ceremony was held at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio for 10 Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE. The vessels will be Ice Class and operated by the yard’s affiliate company, The Great Lakes Towing Company, replacing existing tonnage. These will be the first tugs to be designed and built to comply with the new Subchapter M Coast Guard regulations.
Damen Shipbuilding Group is establishing a permanent presence in Houston, Texas. The office opened on 1st August and the first order to be handled by the new entity is for four new Damen 3711 Stan Tugs by Young Brothers, Limited, Hawaii’s largest inter-island cargo service provider.
Japan’s first LNG-fueled ship Sakigake, a tugboat owned by NYK has been recognized with a Technology Special Award at the 2015 Ship of the Year Awards sponsored by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE).
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