Welcome to Tug and Salvage Week!

Welcome to Tug and Salvage Week!


The global tug boom seems to be unstoppable. It has, seemingly, rolled on for years. Tugs, as one of the most important cogs in the whole maritime world, seem to be constantly developing and improving. There is much the wider maritime industry can learn from them.

While the number of active tug designers is now quite small, it is staggering just how much innovation they produce and inspire. The number of builders, of course, is much larger and the number of owners, larger still, but there remains a very beneficial and productive meeting of minds throughout the sector.

Owners are prepared to try new things, even if only on an incremental basis, and their builders work closely with their naval architects to deliver them. Globally, it is an impressively collaborative process.

Tugs • Towboats • Pusher Tugs • ATBs • Salvage • Autonomy • Marine Environment

As always, Baird Maritime presents the absolute latest news on tugs and tugging this week. With new vessels from the relentless and dominant Robert Allan Ltd and their frequent building partner, Turkey’s highly productive Sanmar Group, to seasoned designer and builder Neptune Marine in the Netherlands, we offer an interesting cross-section of ideas.

All this is capped off with an interesting and well-told salvage yarn from our globally renowned marine surveyor columnist, Mike Wall, showing that tugs operate in some of the most remote and fascinating places on the planet.

Enjoy and learn!

Vessel Reviews:

Features and Opinion:

COLUMN | Salvage! (or alternative employment for a rig supply vessel) [The Wet Detective]

– “What a feeling of satisfaction and relief was shared by all on board both ships when the tow was finally let go.”

– by Mike Wall, marine educationalist, marine surveyor and consultant

News, Gear, and Book Reviews:

Recent Important Features:

COLUMN | Required reading [Tug Times]

– “The days when the master could be godlike, strong, silent or stand-offish are long gone.”

 by Alan Loynd, former General Manager of the renowned Hong Kong Salvage and Towage company

COLUMN | Do androids dream of electric tugs? [Tug Times]

– “There are no doubt less reputable operators who will be focusing on the cost-saving implications of the technology.”

 by Alan Loynd, former General Manager of the renowned Hong Kong Salvage and Towage company

Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!

Call for content!

Any news or views about the global tug and salvage sectors? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and October 1), so we can add it to this current edition of Tug and Salvage Week!

We are after:

  • Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
  • Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the tug and salvage sector
  • Interviews – Owners, operators, builders, designers etc.
  • Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the tug and salvage world? (example here)
  • Other – Any other relevant news

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Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.