News about the tugworld

How to future proof tugs may net be a hot topic everywhere, but a Webinar organized by Riveira has taken up the subject:

A new magazine for the Tug World has started publishing:

India is demanding that ports only use tugs built in India:
https://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/aatmanirbhar-shipping-government-asks-major-ports-to-use-only-locally-built-tug-boats/article32523575.ece#:~:text=To%20revive%20the%20Indian%20shipbuilding,the%20’Aatmanirbhar%20Bharat’%20drive.

I don’t think there will be any protest about “non-competitive market” from US authorities on this move.

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My India visit has been taken off the bucket list for more reasons than this.

Covid-19 is a powerful disincentive to travel.
PS> You probably would get a visa anyway.

Bathtub or tug?
https://www.marinetraffic.com/…/imo…/vessel:SVITZER_LIWA

But probably VERY efficient and suitable for it’s purpose.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd have announced that the LNG-fuelled tugboat Ishin, which is owned by MOL and operated by MOL Group company Nihon Tug-Boat Co., Ltd, has won a ‘Ship of the Year 2019’ award in the Work Ship/Special Purpose Ship category:

https://www.lngindustry.com/lng-shipping/28092020/mols-lng-fuelled-tugboat-earns-award/#:~:text=TOKYO-Mitsui%20O.S.K.,Ship%2FSpecial%20Purpose%20Ship%20category.

Have a closer look at the tug Ishin:

Svitzer is busy increasing their fleet worldwide:

And Turkey is busy building them.

Seaspan increase their tug fleet in BC:
https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/seaspan-expands-tug-fleet-through-acquisition-61232#:~:text=A%20second%20sister%20tug%2C%20built,Seaspan%20chief%20executive%20Frank%20Butzelaar.