Port of Antwerp-Bruges launches the world's first methanol-powered tugboat with ABC engines



Reliability, efficiency, safety, bollard pull and maneuverability is what matters in the tugboat industry. Tugboats assist, pull, push and tow incoming and outgoing seagoing vessels - including tankers, container ships, multi-purpose vessels, ro-ro ships, etc. - when maneuvering in the ports and harbor docks. In addition to the activities in the port, tugboats are often used at sea for towage and transport activities, assistance and for salvage work.

ABC's powerful, medium speed engines have always been the ideal partner for all types of inland-, harbor-, coastal- and sea tugs.

An ABC engine perfectly responds to highly fluctuating loads that occur in towing activities. Our durable, robust engines are built with low consumption and long maintenance intervals in mind. They have been developed for maximum uptime and designed for easy and simple maintenance.

ABC engines have all modern sensors and operating systems so that they can be controlled with a touchscreen from the bridge but they remain 100 % mechanical, making it easier to maintain and more reliable. We call this "SMART": Simple, Mechanical, Affordable, Reliable and Tailormade according to your requirements. Our engines comply with all applicable environmental laws. In addition, they can be supplemented with hybrid systems.

All these matters have a significant influence on the operational costs of your company. ABC’s total life-cycle costs are extremely advantageous compared to high speed engines.

Every engine that leaves the factory in Ghent is built according to your specific requirements. Whether it is a newbuild or repowering project, our experienced staff always advise you the best and most economical solution to make your project a success.

For more information about our products and services, call +32 (0) 9 267 00 00 or fill in our contact form.

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