Boluda Towage has taken delivery of two new harbour tugs with lower emissions for ship assistance in Zeebrugge, Belgium
These new additions to a growing fleet of tugs in the Belgium port are part of Boluda’s drive to reduce emissions in harbour operations in Europe.
Boluda welcomed Rotortugs VB Flandes and VB Samba to Zeebrugge in mid-August to cut emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from ship towage. Damen Shipyards built the tugs to an ART 80-32 design for manoeuvring ships and emergency response in the port.
Boluda’s Rotortugs both comply with the most recent IMO Tier III emission standards with selective catalytic reduction units to remove NOx from engine exhaust and are certified with the highest FiFi1 fire-fighting standards.
Boluda brought these into service as part of its extended concession to provide towage service in the Port of Zeebrugge. It has already added newbuild tugs VB Bolero and VB Rumba, complying with IMO Tier III, to its Zeebrugge fleet and is upgrading others to lower emissions.
Boluda Towage Europe chief executive Geert Vandecappelle explained the benefits and challenges of these investments during Riviera Maritime Media’s How tug operators are preparing for a new era in green marine propulsion webinar on 29 March.
In Rotterdam, Boluda Towage completed two key events in July. On 29 July its tugs assisted Evergreen’s ultra-large container ship Ever Given into the Port of Rotterdam.
The long-awaited arrival followed the grounding, refloating and prolonged anchorage of Ever Given and its container cargo in the Suez Canal in Egypt from March to June.
As Ever Given arrived in Rotterdam, Boluda provided tug assistance, Nederlands Loodswezen provided pilots and KRVE Rotterdam Boatmen supplied linesmen, all working closely with the Port of Rotterdam harbour master.
Ever Given was safely and efficiently manoeuvred through the port and berthed at the Europe Container Terminals quayside.
On 10 July, Boluda’s tugs assisted in the load-out of cutter suction dredger (CSD) Hussein Tantawy onto semi-submersible transport vessel Tai An Kou in Rotterdam.
This 29,190-kW dredger is on its way to the Suez Canal in Egypt. CSD Hussein Tantawy was designed and built by IHC in the Netherlands, in close co-operation with the Suez Canal Authority. At 147.4-m, it has a long and slender hull, high spud towers and provides a maximum dredging depth of 35 m.
CSD Hussein Tantawy is equipped with one submerged and two inboard dredge pumps, and its installed cutter power is 4,800 kW.
Boluda towed CSD Hussein Tantaway from the Eemhaven to Calandkanaal in Rotterdam and loaded it on to Tai An Kou. The towage and load-out process was co-ordinated by a dedicated Boluda tow master.