What's New in the Tug and Barge World?

That’s the 2000 HP M/V Chris Mills built in 2016 for Hines Furlong Lines.

Arrival in Stavanger:
Photo: Reinier Jansen ©

Last week marked a highlight in the construction of the Kotug E-Pusher type M: mounting the modular built steel frame, including the two electric azipods of 300 kW each and the wheelhouse on the PE modular floating bodies by Padmos Shipyard in Stellendam:

Followed by her launch. There she is!:

The next step will be mounting the accommodation and battery pack, and electronic control unit.
These pictures clearly demonstrate the unique design according to the principle of circular building: the vessel has an eternal lifespan because every single part can be replaced, adjusted or removed, including the energy source. We can’t wait to have the first zero-emission set-up of this kind in the world in operation for our customer Cargill in Q2!
Source: Maasmond Newsclippings

Finished tug will look like this:

KOTUG E-Pushe Type M. Images by KOTUG

Tight fit:

Another nice piece of maneuvering work carried out with the GEERTRUIDA VAN DER WEES and the WEESJE with the new bridge deck for the Oranjebrug in Schiedam.
Photo: Fabian van den Berg Uitvoerder/transportleider bij Koninklijke Van der Wees ©

Did Reinauer Transportation vote on a new contract with AMG?

Forward leaning tug VB TIGER rushing for her next assignment in the port of Rotterdam:

Photo : R&F vd Hoek ©

An unusual sight in Europe:

Tug UNION TOPAZ with the barge TERRAFERRE 502 spotted in the port of Wilhelmshaven. Photo: Wim Albers (c)

A report from down under:

Capt. Kees Pronk, one of the legends of Dutch tugs and salvage has written a book that will soon be available (in Dutch):

Another legend is Piet Sinke:

He is still active, but now as the Editor of Maasmond Maritime Daily Newsclippings and living in the Philippines.

Classical Dutch tug:

The tug WATERMAN under way in Southern direction in the “Noordhollandsch
Kanaal” near the village of 't Zand. Photo: Wim Albers ©

Wherever harbour tugs are used the Dutchies are, somehow:

Lot is happening in the Tug world these days:

PS> The UT 722 design goes back to the early 1990s. Originally designed by Ulstein International (Sigmund Borgundvåg):

But with many variants since. This will be the first with the designation UT 722 CDT.

The end of an era. The famous salvage tug SA Amandla (ex “John Ross”) is finally going to join her sister vessel, (the former W.W.) at the breaker’s yard:

Another veteran tug for your enjoyment:

The beautiful 1914 built “ANNE BAUKE” moored in Oudeschild Texel. with its original Kromhout engine still going strong. Photo: Jacob Kiewiet ©

Enjoy the sound of the old Kromhout Semi-diesel:

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Breakthrough project: first TRAnsverse tug launched


May be an image of boat and the Panama Canal

This looks like a refinement of the “dock module” tugs that Eric Hvide had built 20 years ago.