Tug propulsion controls can be upgraded without replacing the whole system to extend the life of a vessel. Crew of 30-year-old azimuth stern drive tugboat Wulf 9 have witnessed a significant upgrade to onboard electronics and bridge controls in a recent vessel rejuvenation project.
Schottel upgraded the controls of this seagoing and harbour tug, replacing electronics, controls and driving modes on the Andreas Wulf-operated tug.
The owner needed to upgrade Wulf 9’s controls and electronics to satisfy class requirements but was unable to secure the required spare parts of the original systems.
An alternative had to be found, and this is where Schottel’s service team stepped in to provide a low-cost replacement with a short downtime for Wulf 9.
Within two weeks, the lifetime of this 1988-built vessel’s electric components was extended by up to 20 years. Schottel will support these new propulsion controls with long-term availability of spare parts.
Wulf 9 was also given new driving modes that enable the tug owner to optimise the vessel’s operations and improve efficiency.
Wulf 9 has an overall length of 33.3 m, beam of 10 m and bollard pull of 54 tonnes. It operates in northern Germany and can be used for harbour operations, coastal towage, salvage and sea transport of heavy goods.