Antwerp Port expands tug-boat fleet
After a successful trial period in early September, Port of Antwerp bought a new type of tug-boat.
The Multratug 6 had been bought as part of the fleet's redesign and 'greening.' As such, Port of Antwerp focuses on vessels that are safe and energy efficient, the company said in its statement.
The Multratug 6, a Reversed Stern Drive tug-boat fitted with a rudder propeller, has been tested by Operations since January.
The tug-boat is more energy efficient and complies with the IMO Tier III regulations which determine nitrogen oxide emissions.
The Multratug 6 was part of a Rudder Propeller Sailing training course. They will undergo more training in the coming months in order to prepare Port of Antwerp technical workers for the arrival of two more ships in December 2020 and February 2021.
The new tug-boats are RSD2513 type and hail from the shipbuilder Damen.
Maritime Business World