The most powerful tugboat on the Humber has been unveiled at a naming ceremony at Hull’s Albert Dock.
SMS Towage’s newly built £5.8m vessel Superman was christened at the ceremony today after being delivered from the Sanmar shipyard, near Istanbul.
SMS’s other Sanmar-built boats are the Statesman, Scotsman, Yorkshireman, Masterman, Englishman and Merchantman.
The boat will be one of the company’s most powerful, expanding its UK fleet to 15.
The Hessle-based firm, which is the UK’s largest independent tugboat operator, now has seven Sanmar-built tugs working on the Humber and other UK ports.
With twin Caterpillar engines, producing 4,200 Kw of power and generating 72 tonnes bollard pull, Superman will go into service on the south bank of the Humber to meet growing demand in the tanker and bulk carrier sector.
On the occasion of this important announcement SMS Towage Director, Gareth Escreet, said the acquisition was in line with the company’s invest and renew programme, enabling it to maintain a modern fleet, as well as reflecting the strength of the Humber economy.
“Today shows a significant investment we have made,” he said. “She is the most powerful tug in the river and really helps provide us with the necessary equipment for our work around Hull and Immingham.