Svitzer Europe has taken delivery of the first of two ice-breaking tugs to enhance its port services in Scandinavia
Med Marine and the Eregli Shipyard on Turkey’s Black Sea coast built Svitzer Embla to assist ships year-round in Scandinavian ports. It was built as an azimuth stern drive (ASD), ice-class tug with a bollard pull of 60 tonnes.
Svitzer Embla has left the Black Sea and is heading towards the Strait of Gibraltar, according to Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. Svitzer expects to deploy this 30-m tug in Sweden in April.
Svitzer Embla was built to Robert Allan’s Tundra 3000 ICE design to provide ice-breaking services in ports during winter months to keep them open to seaborne trade.
The tug’s design will allow it to pass the locks of Sweden’s Trollhätte Canal to access Lake Vänern and the Gota River to provide ice-breaking services.
Svitzer Embla is the first of two sister tugs Med Marine will provide for Svitzer Europe. A second 30-m tug, Svitzer Edda, is expected to be delivered to Svitzer in Turkey in May 2021 and will be mobilised to Denmark in June to serve customers and ports throughout Scandinavia.
“We are proud to take delivery of both Svitzer Embla, and soon Svitzer Edda, as important additions to our Scandinavian fleet,” said Svitzer Europe managing director Lise Demant.
“As we have just emerged from a very cold winter in Scandinavia, the ice-breaking capability of these tugs seems more relevant than ever, as they allow us to enhance our support to customers across the region,” she said. “These new ice-class tugs will enable us to continue to provide the highest standard of service to our customers.”
They are built to Finnish-Swedish 1A ice-class standards and can comfortably break ice up to 1-m thick, significantly bolstering the icebreaking ability of Svitzer’s Scandinavian fleet and providing operational flexibility.
The names of both Svitzer Embla and Svitzer Edda were drawn from Norse mythology. According to the myth, Embla is the name of the first woman created by the gods, and Edda is an Old Norse work of literature written in Iceland during the early 13th Century. These mythological references honour the region where the vessels will operate and resonate with many of Svitzer’s existing vessels in Scandinavia.
Svitzer Europe has also welcomed a harbour tug into the Port of London in the UK to raise its ship handling capabilities at container and LNG terminals.
Tug newbuildings and propulsion technology will be discussed during Riviera’s first ITS TUGTECHNOLOGY Webinar Week on 29-31 March – use this link for more details and to register for these webinars