A leading Chinese tug builder has delivered three vessels in the past 10 days to boost ship assistance in China’s top ports.
Jiangsu Zhenjiang shipyard has completed and successfully delivered three azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugs to two port operators during the final 10 days of August.
The latest tug to leave this shipyard was Fu Gang Tuo 5, which was delivered to the operator of Fuzhou Port on 29 August. This is an ASD harbour tug with a total power capability of 2,942 kW built to assist ships berthing and unberthing at Fuzhou terminals.
On 23 August, Jiangsu Zhenjiang hosted a dual tug delivery ceremony. These two ASD tugs were designed and built for Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group Co. They have different power ratings, with Zhougangtuo 32 capable of developing 5,000 kW of energy and Gangxingtuo 234 having a capacity of 3,676 kW.
Intelligent tug steel cutting
There was another milestone at the shipyard on 23 August when it started construction of the first two domestic intelligent ASD tugboats. These will have intelligent enginerooms that will meet China Classification Societies i-Ship(M) class notation.
Jiangsu Zhenjiang will build two ASD tugboats with i-Ship notation and power ratings of 2,354 kW for Tianjin Port.
Up to four tugs will be built with i-Ship class notations in China this year, indicating the nation’s commitment to improving efficiency of tugboat operations and remote engineroom monitoring.
This shipyard launched two tugs in three days from 16-18 August for Chinese clients. In July, Fuzhou Port took delivery of ASD tugboat Fu Gang Tuo 1 from the shipyard.