Port boost for Hull as SMS Towage invests £5m in new Humber tug

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Apr 2019

East Yorkshire marine firm SMS Towage has invested £5m in the Humber to add a new tug boat to its fleet.

The new tug, Manxman, was built by Dutch shipping firm Damen, and has more power than seven Ferraris combined.

SMS Towage’s multi-million pound investment into the Humber’s port network takes its total fleet in the estuary to 10.

Tugs play a crucial role in helping vessels safely navigate the Humber estuary, as they enter and leave its ports.

Gareth Escreet, managing director at SMS Towage, said: “The increase in fleet size, especially with a tug of that power, will enable us to utilise our fleet more efficiently by opening up the opportunities to ‘de-tug’ on the various river berths.

“This will enhance the service levels for SMS Towage and ABP’s joint clients.”

SMS Towage's new vessel, Manxman, has arrived in the Humber (ABP)

With another seven tugs located across South East Wales Ports, Portsmouth and Belfast, SMS Towage’s offering to ports across the country is ever expanding.

The new tug, built by international shipyard group Damen, based at Gorinchem in Holland, is technically known as an Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) 2411 tug.

With 5,600 brake horsepower, the tug will help vessels safely navigate the Humber as they enter and leave its ports.

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Chris Green, ABP port manager for Hull and Goole, said: “The tug providers on the Humber are pivotal to keeping the trade routes open.

“The tugs help vessels with difficult manoeuvres and also assist in adverse weather.

“We’re pleased to see SMS Towage strengthening their fleet and look forward to welcoming Manxman through the locks.”

A view of King George Dock from the top of one of the cranes for discharging containers (Peter Harbour)

The new tug arrived in the Humber accompanied by an eye-catching water display provided by two of SMS’ other vessels.

SMS Towage is one of the country’s largest independent towage companies.

It offers a 24/7 service to shipping companies, and has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

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The arrival of Manxman in the Humber has also created eight new jobs, which are currently up for grabs.

If you’re interested in joining the team or would like to learn more about SMS Towage, visit www.smstowage.com.



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