the technology group Wärtsilä will design and equip one of PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd (“PSA Marine”)’s newest harbour tugs. Operating on clean-burning LNG fuel and incorporating fuel efficiency features, the harbour tug, which will be built by PaxOcean Shipyard, will be aligned with the maritime industry’s increasing emphasis on environmental impact. The order with Wärtsilä, booked in March 2018, to build its first LNG-fuelled harbour tug is also in line with PSA Marine’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint as a leading service provider of marine services.
“We are honoured to have been selected to provide both the ship design and an integrated propulsion solution for this modern, efficient, and environmentally sustainable harbour tug. Being the one-stop-shop for this vessel, from the design to the engineering and machinery supply, Wärtsilä can ensure a fully integrated and optimised harbour tug. This not only supports the entire project, but also eases the procurement and supplier interfacing processes for the shipyard,” commented Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President of Ship Design, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine, said, “Wärtsilä is a renowned brand that has a strong dual-fuel technology track record. As an owner and operator of harbour tugs, we are on the constant look-out for innovative and cutting-edge solutions to achieve new milestones in the way we operate our fleet. We are excited about this collaboration and look forward to leveraging Wärtsilä’s expertise in this area.”
The 28-metre long, 50-tonne bollard pull harbour tug will operate with two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on LNG fuel. Wärtsilä will also supply its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system as well as steerable thrusters and the Wärtsilä ProTouch control system. The equipment will be delivered to the yard at the end of 2018 and the harbour tug is slated to commence operations in the port of Singapore around mid-2019.
Leading Mexican maritime operator, Grupo TMM, has signed a Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance with Damen Shipyards Group for a 70 tonne bollard pull ASD Tug 3212 named TMM COLIMA. The tug will operate in the Mexican port of Manzanillo on the Pacific Coast. Ongoing port modifications and changes in port authority requirements were the driving force behind the deal.
Founded in 1958, Grupo TMM has become one of the largest integrated logistics and transportation companies in Mexico. The group provides a dynamic combination of specialized maritime services, port and terminal management and integrated logistics services to an extensive Mexican and international client base.
The ASD Tug 3212 will join Grupo TMM’s first Damen Tug, purchased in the 1990s, and will become part of a fleet of 42 vessels. The tug will operate in and around the port of Manzanillo, where the organization is expanding its operations. In order to continue improving the good services already offered by Grupo TMM and to exceed the demand of their clients, the need for additional efficient vessels with the power to handle larger ships has been brought to the port. With 70 tonne of maximum static bollard pull and strong maneuverability features, the ASD Tug 3212 will bring enhanced capability to TMM’s fleet. The tug is expected to arrive in Manzanillo by the end of this year.
In addition to the performance and features of the ASD Tug 3212, another factor influencing the deal was Damen’s ability to guarantee a fast turnaround and punctual delivery. Luis Ocejo, Senior Managing Director, commented: “In addition to the ASD Tug 3212 being what we were looking for technically, we also returned to Damen due to our confidence in their systems and scheduling capabilities. The fact that this specific vessel is built in series, allows us to access a proven platform in record speed”.
Financed through Damen Customer Finance, the new vessel is currently on her way from Damen’s Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam to Mexico on her own keel.
Damen Shipyards acknowledges: “It is a pleasure to continue to serve Grupo TMM and we wish them all the best with their new vessel. We are confident it will complement their expansion and modernization plans and serve them well into the future.”