Port of Zeebrugge to expand tug boat fleet


Boluda Towage Europe has announced it will supply the Port of Zeebrugge with two 85-tonnes bollard pull ASD Tugs as part of the Belgian port’s operational expansion.

In a statement, the company said the two newbuild tugs will be delivered by manufacturer Damen in December 2020.

Additionally, the ASD Tugs 2813 are highly manoeuvrable and high performance, environmentally friendly vessels of modern design.

The tugs can be used for harbour and terminal (un)berthing operations, escort operations, firefighting operations, coastal and offshore towing operations.

Boluda Towage Europe’s CEO, Geert Vandecappelle stated: “We are delighted thatthe new tugs VB Bolero and VB Rumba, both complying with the most recent IMO Tier III emission standards, will be put to use in December 2020 for the extended concession for towage services in the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge.”

Damen sales manager North, West & South Europe Carlos Gonzalez Martin also commented: “Damen is happy to extend our cooperation with Boluda by building and delivering two new ASD Tugs 2813 for this project.

“We are convinced that these state-of-the-art Damen ASD Tugs 2813, including FIFI 1 and the Damen Marine NOX Reduction System will be a great addition to the Boluda Europe fleet operations.”

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