Tianjin Port in China has ordered two tugboats from Canadian firm Robert Allan Ltd.
The company will oversee the design of the RAmparts 3500 ASD tug.
The vessels will be built by Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard and scheduled for delivery in Q4 of 2023.
The tugboats will be put into operation for harbour towing, berthing and unberthing ships, ice breaking and emergency response.
Robert Allan Ltd. has worked with the Tianjin Port for more than 10 years, resulting in delivery of nine tugs to five different designs including the first tug with CCS notation of I (Intelligent)-Ship.
Tianjin Port handled 18,360,000 TEU so far in 2022, a 4.3 per cent increase from the previous year. Tianjin is one of the spearheading ports for environmental reform and decarbonising the maritime industry.
Tianjin Port is now among the most technologically sophisticated facilities in the world thanks to Tianjin Port Group (TPG) and Huawei’s fully constructed new smart terminal earlier this year.
Read more about the best performing ports in China for 2022 in PTI’s latest ‘Top 10 Ports in China 2022‘.