Dubai’s Drydocks World shipyard recently held a steel-cutting ceremony to mark the start of production of a new 27m tractor tug. The LR-classed vessel, to be operated by P&O Reyser in the Port of Barcelona, will be the first tug in the Mediterranean to comply with IMO Tier III, MARPOL Annex VI, regulations when it enters service in mid-2020.
Drydocks World, which will carry out the detailed engineering and construction work, says the design of this new tug will combine excellent manoeuvring characteristics with the latest industry standards in terms of air pollution reduction, the quality of the personnel working space and noise reduction.
Capt. Rado Antolovic, CEO and Managing Director of DP World’s Maritime Services Division, said the project was one of a number of the group’s initiatives to provide solutions that help clients meet maritime regulations. “Together the specialised teams at Drydocks World and P&O Reyser are unlocking new opportunities and building on synergies throughout our organisation, with environmental conservation and safety at the forefront of operations,” he commented. “I am confident in our teams abilities to deliver this project and look forward to developing more environmentally sustainable projects in the future.”