Rendering of the TRAnsverse design (Source: Svitzer)

Svitzer orders two TRAnsverse tugs in Turkey

Towage group Svitzer, part of A.P. Møller-Mærsk, has ordered two tugs of a new TRAnsverse design for its Australian business at Uzmar Shipyard in Turkey.

Developed in collaboration with sector specialists Robert Allan Ltd, the tugs will be significantly more fuel-efficient and could cut fuel consumption by 10-15% compared with similar vessels, Svitzer said. They will also be ready to use biofuel when it is available, reducing tank-to-wake carbon emissions to zero.

The tug design consists of an omnidirectional hull form, enabling the maximisation of forces needed for braking and steering during towage, Svitzer explained. The vessels will be able to maintain position with lower propeller input power than other tugs and will be capable of meeting the full range of complex harbour and terminal towage tasks in a wider range of weather conditions than conventional units.

Svitzer’s CEO, Kasper Friis Nilaus, said: "We have been listening closely to our customers and their need for innovative towage solutions. The TRAnsverse tug offers significant improvements in operational efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability by improving shipping turnaround times and reducing carbon emissions, helping customers to manage the demands of the modern towage market and the complex, busy port environments of today and the future.

"We are committed to building new tugs that meet the highest efficiency standards and that support our customers and port operations in reducing their scope 3 emissions and total carbon footprint, whilst not compromising – and indeed improving – on safety and operational performance," he added. 

The tugs, the first of this type to be deployed in Australia, will operate in the Port of Newcastle, where escort towage and other tug functions are required for a diverse range of vessels, including bulk carriers, container ships, and cruise vessels.

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