A port tug is a specific kind of vessel built to provide the required assistance during the various manoeuvres carried out by other ships or floating objects inside the port. Large vessels like ships, barges, and oil platforms can be pushed or towed by tug boats with extreme accuracy and speed.
The primary goal of these tugboats in port areas is to ensure optimal safety and prevent potential collisions with structures, the mainland, shoals, or other vessels. They work closely with the pilot to achieve this goal. For big vessels, using a harbour tug for port entry and exit manoeuvres is required in a significant number of nations.
The Global Port Tugboat Market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
In connection with the Apia Port Project, ADB, Samoa launched a port tugboat. With the help of this initiative, Apia Port will become a more reliable, secure, and environmentally friendly international entry point. This new tugboat will help ships in Apia Port with quick, secure, and easy berthing and unberthing operations.
Reliable, effective ports are essential components of transportation links and supply lines in the Pacific. One of the main goals of the Apia Port Project is to increase commerce while also enhancing border security and enhancing climate change resilience.
Tugboats are essential to the smooth operation of Apia Port because they link arriving ships to the reef, assist in berthing and de-birthing ships, and support firefighting efforts by emergency services.
As part of the project funded by ADB and Samoa, the breakwater is being rebuilt, the port facility is being upgraded, a wave-monitoring and early warning system is being put in place, the Sa’ula-60 tugboat has been purchased, and an x-ray scanner for containers is being purchased.
As part of the project, gender-sensitive green port projects will be created and implemented to improve operational and energy efficiency and ensure the long-term sustainability of Samoa’s port operations. It will take the place of two outdated tugboats that have a combined age of about fifty years and are presently operating far below the efficiency and safety levels that could be achieved.
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