Editor Martyn Wingrove describes how Asia has become a major centre for tug construction to the global industry
Asia’s position as a major centre for tug construction was highlighted recently by the transport of several tugs on a heavy lift vessel from the region to Europe.
Damen uses its shipyards in Vietnam to build tugs not only for the Asian market, but also for international demands.
During the second quarter of this year, Damen transported various azimuthing stern drive and stan tugs on SAL Heavy Lift vessel Lone from Vietnam to the Netherlands. These tugs are to be marketed in Europe, West Africa and Latin America, highlighting how high tug operators value Asian construction.
Cheoy Lee Shipyard is also a leading builder of tugs, for Asian and international markets using its own designs and others to produce highly technical and powerful tugs. Its Hong Kong shipyard has become a factory for powerful tugs that are vital to shipping in the region. Chinese shipyards are also churning out tugs of high quality to meet growing regional demands.
Asia’s design and construction expertise will be discussed at Riviera Maritime Media’s inaugural Asian Tug Technology & Salvage Conference. The conference will be held in Singapore on 18th and 19th of September and there will be dedicated sessions on the latest tug designs and future trends in tug construction.
Asia is a powerhouse and construction centre of the global tug industry and a growing market for high quality tug operations. The increasing size of container ships and opening of new LNG terminals is driving requirements for more powerful tugs in Asia…and we expect this trend to continue until at least 2020.