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Svitzer orders icebreaking tug pair at Med Marine

Danish towage operator Svitzer has signed a new deal with Turkish shipbuilder Med Marine to built a pair of 30m ice class tugs.

The vessels are set for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021, and are custom designed for use across Switzer’s Scandinavian operations. They will replace icebreaking tugs Svitzer Helios and Svitzer Dynan, two of he oldest vessels in the company’s fleet.

Mattias Hellström, cluster managing director, Scandinavia & Germany at Svitzer, said: “The new arrivals will allow us to finally retire our last two conventional icebreaking tugs from the Scandinavian fleet, each after more than four decades of service. The new tugs are truly custom designed for the requirements of the Scandinavia region, highlighting Svitzer’s commitment to pushing the boundaries for towage.”

The two tugs will predominantly serve ports in Denmark and Sweden, and have been built to be able to navigate the locks in the Swedish city of Trollhättan.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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