Press Release: SMS Towage continues expansion with new tug Manxman
Article Date: 2019-04-17
On Monday, we welcomed the arrival of the Manxman as the latest investment to our now 17-strong fleet of Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugboats.
Built by international shipyard group Damen, based at Gorinchem in Holland, the ASD 2411 tug is capable of 4200 BKW and sports a bollard pull of 72 tonnes.
The new addition will boost the presence and capacity of SMS Towage on the Humber, taking the number of tugs based there to 10.
Managing Director Gareth Escreet, said: “The increase in fleet size, especially with a tug of that power, will enable us to utilise our fleet more efficiently by opening up the opportunities to ‘de-tug’ on the various river berths. This will enhance the service levels for SMS Towage and ABP’s joint clients.”
Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole said: “The tug providers on the Humber are pivotal to keeping the trade routes open. The tugs help vessels with difficult manoeuvres and also assist in adverse weather. We’re pleased to see SMS Towage strengthening their fleet and look forward to welcoming Manxman through the locks.”