Seabulk orders four hybrid tugs from Master Boat Builders

Seabulk Towing Trident Rotortug Affino

(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Seabulk Towing Holdings has ordered four harbor tugs from Master Boat Builders with hybrid propulsion and space for energy storage systems to be installed in the future, Riviera Maritime reported.

The tugs were ordered in response to U.S. port expansion and larger containerships using the nation’s terminals. Delivery is scheduled in the second half of 2021 and 2022.

All four tugs will have bollard pull of about 80 tonnes, which is sufficient for maneuvering the latest ultra-large containerships being built in Asia.

Two of the newbuilds will be advanced Rotortugs and will augment Seabulk’s existing fleet of Rotortugs introduced from 2017. The other two will be azimuth stern drive newbuilds with diesel mechanical and electric motor propulsion systems.

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By Professional Mariner Staff