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New tug added to expanded Belfast port fleet

Published 27/10/2015

The arrival of the ASD Merchantman has increased SMS Towage's investment in Belfast to £9m
The arrival of the ASD Merchantman has increased SMS Towage's investment in Belfast to £9m

One of the UK’s biggest port tug firms has added another vessel to its Belfast operations, bringing its investment in the city’s port to £9m.

SMS Towage has been keeping tugs in Belfast Harbour for the last two years and said the expansion was due to demand for port users —  as well as the potential for more work from a new offshore wind facility and the harbour’s new cruise terminal.

The new vessel, the ASD Merchantman, is sister tug to the ASD Masterman.

Gareth Escreet from SMS Towage, which is based in east Yorkshire, said: “This is a significant level of investment, and shows our confidence in the growing level of activity we are experiencing in Belfast.”

Last year, the port saw a record 112,000 cruise passengers through and continued strong trade activity.

SMS Towage also deals with regular vessel towage work from the Fred Olsen-owned businesses of Dolphin Drilling and Harland & Wolff.

Belfast Telegraph

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