One of the world’s largest towage providers is upgrading its fleet in South America to meet the demand for more powerful shallow-draught tugs
Its subsidiary, Pontemar, has contracted SYM Naval shipyards, located near Barcelona, Spain, to construct two harbour tugs for delivery mid-2020.
These tugs will be used to assist ship berthing and to transport containers on the Paraná-Paraguay waterway.
As they will operate in narrow and low draught docks, they will be built to Pontemar’s specifications for operations in the port of Buenos Aires and along this major waterway system.
SYM Naval will build these tugs using its SYM 007 design, but with a reduced length and draught to conduct vessel manoeuvring safely in these tight environments.
Pontemar is one of the three companies within Boluda Towage Latam, along with United Argentine Tugboats and Uruguay Tugboats.
Combined, these companies provide towage and ship manoeuvring in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Mar del Plata and Necochea in Argentina and services in Rio Uruguay and Montevideo in Uruguay.
Boluda Towage is in the middle of a fleet expansion and investment programme in South and Central America after purchasing two newbuildings for its operations in Mexico earlier this month.
Two new 32-m harbour tugs, to be named VB Galante and VB Gallardo, will be completed by Damen Shipyards for delivery in 2020. They will provide towage services in ports and oil terminals on Mexico’s west coast.