SMS Towage has added another harbour tug to its fleet on the Humber in the UK after gaining new business. It has purchased an azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tug from Turkish vessel builder Sanmar for operations on the east coast of England.
In an exclusive interview with Tug Technology & Business, SMS Towage director Gareth Escreet said Nobleman was brought into service over the weekend. He said it was a sister tug of Englishman and Scotsman ASD tugs, which each have bollard pulls of 50 tonnes.
“Nobleman is another ASD tug from Sanmar, but with larger engine capacity, greater bollard pull than 50 tonnes,” Mr Escreet said. This addition brings SMS Towage’s fleet in the Humber area to nine tugs, with seven more tugs operating in other ports in the UK.
SMS Towage picked up new business in 2017 and a new contract in January 2018 on the Humber, said Mr Escreet. More details of SMS Towage’s operations and strategy will be in an operator profile in the next issue of Tug Technology & Business, which is due to be published later in February.
In November 2017, SMS Towage added a more powerful tug to its Humber fleet. It purchased a 72-tonne bollard pull ASD tug, named Superman, from Sanmar.