Mr Leendert Muller is the new chairman of European Tugowners' Association (ETA) Mr Leendert Muller is the new chairman of European Tugowners' Association (ETA)

Mr Leendert Muller has been appointed chairman of the European Tugowners’ Association (ETA) for a two-year period at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Trieste.

Mr Muller, managing director of towage and salvage specialist Multraship, succeeds Tug Malta’s chief executive Mr Mario Mizzi and has been deputy chairman of ETA since 2015.

Commenting Mr Muller said: ‘The following two years are going to be very testing for ETA members. In Europe and elsewhere, tug owners and operators will face a variety of challenges, including political, economic and environmental issues’ adding: ‘The challenge for ETA members is to continue to invest in technology and manpower so that their vessels can operate safely and efficiently in the best interests of their customers. I am confident that, together, we will achieve that aim.’

Kotug International BV has been nominated for the Netherlands Maritime Technology annual Maritime Innovation Award for its cost-effective and sustainable system to store and regenerate heat on tugs.

When a tug is alongside in stand-by mode between assignments, energy is required to keep the engines at the right temperature and maintain services onboard. This is usually sourced from shore supply at considerable cost. Kotug’s Zero-Emission Heat Recycling System is described as an accumulator that stores heat using latest Phase Change Material (PCM) technology and redistributes the heat when required.

In another example of consolidation within the industry it has been announced that subject to regulatory approval, DP World subsidiary P&O Maritime has acquired Spanish towage service provider Reyser (Remolques y Servicios Maritimos, S.L.).

Reyser has long-term agreements in 10 Spanish ports and contracts with two LNG terminals at Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada and Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago. Services provided by Reyser include: harbour towage; mooring; bunkering and diving and environmental support with 151 vessels including: 20 tugs, 53 mooring boats, five bunkering vessels and 73 vessels conducting environmental work. The acquisition will see P&O consolidate its position in Spain and gain entry to new markets and regions allowing for diversification and growth.

Tugs & Towing has been reporting on a non-European owned newbuild project of interest for a while now in Seattle-based Foss Maritime’s three Arctic Class tugs.

Final vessel in the series, Nicole Foss, built by Foss Rainier, OR, Shipyard has now been christened at Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma and follows the first two of the series Michele Foss and Denise Foss. The ABS-classed tug is of conventional design with two Caterpillar C280-8 main engines and a Nautican nozzle and rudder system. Markey Machinery supplied the tow winch and environmental considerations include elimination of ballast tanks in turn eliminating transport of invasive species, holding tanks for black and grey water (for operation in no-discharge zones) and biodegradable hydraulic oil systems.

By Peter Barker

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